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#1 Andrew Nelson

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:21 AM

No, this post has nothing to do with Dennis Rodman, other than he might make a great character in a book..........

 

"Kim Jong Un is lying on the floor dead, his head beaten to a bloody pulp,  when agents of the Ministry of State Security, the North Korean Secret Police, find him. Look sir, the stippling impressions in the Dear Leader's skull appear to be from a basketball..........."

 

Sorry, I digress.

 

I'm trying to pump some new life into the group, kinda like an EMT at a crime scene  :blink:

 

Anyway, in my current WIP, which is the sequel to my current book, I decided to embrace the darker side a bit more. I have to admit it has been fun to explore the depths of depravity a bit. I wanted to move beyond the stereotypical "bad guy" character. You know, the one we are introduced to and it is just taken for granted that he is the baddie. For me, I wanted to explore the developmental issues. Sort of the nuts and bolts of why. 

 

I'm not talking about the wishy-washy evil tantrum, as in: "Yoda didn't make me a full Jedi knight so I am going to I am going to commit child murder" but the person who has that light bulb moment and says "no more Mr. Nice Guy." 

 

They don't lose their moral compass, they conscientiously choose to shelve it.

 

What are your experiences? Have you ever read, or created, a character that had a "flipped switch" moment where they make the decision to cross over to the dark side and embrace it? Does it appeal to you? 

 

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 08:39 PM

Sorry for the delayed response here, Andrew.  I've been missing in action for a while, and I must admit, I hadn't been checking the site as I pretty much gave up finding anything new going on.  I tried posting to see if I could stir things up, but, apparently, I'm just not interesting enough.  (LOL)  Anyway, I wanted to start by thanking you for giving us a shot in the arm, so to speak.

 

Your idea does sound appealing - I can imagine finding this a good read.  And although I haven't personally created a character along these lines, you've definitely given me something to think about!



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 11:09 AM

GIna, yeah it can sometimes be a tad too quiet here....... I'd like to think that everyone is just busy with their latest work.

 

Taking the trip down the path I just did with one of my characters was quite interesting. It was intriguing to play with the transformation. Everyone expects the protagonist to be a good character, but I think we also have the same abilities with a really good antagonist. 


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:05 PM

I agree wholeheartedly, Andrew.

 

In my current work in progress one of the main characters is portrayed to the reader as the antagonist for a good portion of the story. In fact, I'm currently on chapter 24, and even at this point, the reader doesn't know for sure. Is he the serial killer the FBI is currently seeking? And even if he isn't, it was him who killed the FBI agent in Chapter One. Wasn't it?

 

I'm really enjoying the game, but you can only play for so long.  I'm afraid it's about time to let the reader in on what's really going on.  



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:04 PM

Gina

 

Sorry for the late reply, been spending a lot of time in the writing trenches. Hope you are still having fun with your protagonist.

 

I think readers like the roller coaster ride of trying to figure out who is it. 

 

Good luck with your writing.


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:17 AM

Thanks Andrew.  I've been stuck in those trenches myself and haven't been checking in much lately. AbouI'm stit 3/4ths done with book two of the series now and determined to finish by March, so I've got to keep the momentum going.

 

I've past the point where the reader knows my supposed bad guy is not so very bad after all.  Now the question is: so, if not him, who IS the killer?  



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:52 AM

Keep up the good work Gina. I'm actually about 3/4 done with my 3rd novel, but had to stop to do some re-working on the 2nd. Hoping to get that one out in March as well.


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