Muahahahaha – vengeance is mine!
**cough, cough, wheeze**
Look, revenge sounds sweet. I mean, how often do others hurt you? I agree, it’s not fair. I have wasted many hours in my own head thinking of ways to get back at people who did me wrong but, in the end, revenge is not the route to go.
But that’s me. Revenge is a waste of my time but…not everyone feels that way. Some could and would easily venture into silly, cruel, and even horrible ways to get back at those who hurt them.
Okay, this is gonna get deep in emotions so let’s go get a fresh cuppa and a nibble. Today I am enjoying vanilla caramel creamer in my mug of coffee goodness. The nibble of choice is a granola bar crushed and spread over the top of vanilla yogurt. Total yummers! Poke around. There are plenty of choice nibbles scattered throughout the kitchen. Gather up your cuppa, nibble and don’t forget your copy of Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood. I know, it’s covered in desk crap and dust. Dig it out, wipe off the dust and settle on the reading rug cuz I’m back and ready to get to it.
The Complexities of Revenge
Revenge has a dark side. Keep in mind, it is one thing to stand in your shower and plot a way to get back at someone. It’s a different story when you follow through with it. Now if you are writing this, your character can use the shower plan as the first step in their plot for revenge.
Now, remember, when your character acts on their anger you have to draw a picture of who they were beforehand. What I mean by that is…he is a very domineering boyfriend. His girl finally builds up the courage to leave. He is now plotting against her. This makes him the bad-guy and not justified in his vengeance. Well, not to us but it can make the revenge viler no matter what it is.
If you spin that into a situation where both are decent characters, but one character cheated on the other, then you need to figure out why it happened. You need to bring your readers into their relationship. You need to show them why they cheated. Was it a case of opportunity or did this relationship build? Does the new ‘love’ interest know that their new partner is in a relationship with someone else?
I know, I know, I know…we always jump to the cheater example. Okay, um, what if your character applies for a job, they are super excited about and then tells their buddy. Then the buddy not only applies but gets the job using a fake resume and, of course, your MC is wicked mad. How could his friend do that to him? How can he get back at him? Does he reach out to the boss? Blackmail his so-called friend? Find a way to get him fired? There are multiple storylines you can use here. A criminal seeking revenge on the person who testified against him. Siblings fighting over inheritance. One gets more than the other and they try to get what they ‘deserve.’
What happened to you that you had that shower revenge session?
There are always good and bad ways to write this.
- Do not use: “That’ll teach you to…” Blah blah blah. Don’t tell us why they sought revenge. We should have known all along.
- “I’m gonna give them a taste of their own medicine.” Seriously? Do better.
- Do not info dump. Do not give your readers a step-by-step check list of what and how your characters will seek their revenge. Bored. Snooze-fest.
As you write this twisted journey remember to include emotions. Whether its heart break or just hurt feelings. Your reader needs to feel it along with your character.
- Describe, in detail, your most wicked revenge plot. Why do you want revenge? Who did you wrong? Use strong details and be very specific.
- Write a scene where your character actually carries out your revenge. Write it in third person. Give details of how your character feels after they completed their plan. Has their outlook changed?
Next time…I will tell you where I have been and why I haven’t posted.
Please remember that I am not trying to write this book for you word for word. I am skipping a lot of detail. I highly suggest you purchase the book and read between the lines.
Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.
Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.
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