Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April #IWSG: As You Wish...



OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?
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I'm loving where my current MG mystery is headed. However, my full-time school librarian job takes up a lot of time. Yes, I get to read all the books. But right now I'd wish for more writing time. I guess summer's coming, and I'll get my wish!

One of my favorite movies growing up was The Princess Bride. I loved the plot twist of Westley becoming the dread Pirate Roberts, his identity a secret until Princess Buttercup figures it out. As an adult, I enjoy watching Cary Elwes (Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts) as the infamous Pierre Despereaux in the Psych series. You never quite know if he's the good guy or the bad guy. And Shawn worships him to no end. I adore a villain who is more than just an evil overlord. I love the complexity of Despereax;s character especially in Season 8 when he transforms from "world's greatest art thief" to the head of MI6. Yes, it's one of my all-time favorite Psych episodes.

For my current WIP, I wish to create an antagonist that leaves you guessing if he's the good guy in disguise or if he's been the villain the entire time. Wish me luck! 

How about you? What would you wish for? Are you ready for summer? What are your plans? Are you getting in writing time? Who is your favorite villain? 


29 comments:

  1. Good luck creating that character. Hope you get more time to write in the summer. Now that I write, I wish I would have picked a day job like you as a librarian.

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  2. That's why you are so cool - you're a Psych and Princess Bride fan! Although Princess Bride came out long after my childhood...

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    1. It's no secret that I've watched Psych (all 8 seasons) at least five times or more. Yikes!!

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  3. Hi Jennifer, good luck in creating that antagonist who will keep the readers guessing till the last page :)

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  4. Your villain/good guy sounds intriguing! Here's to nailing him down the way you want.

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    1. Thanks! I'm pushing myself to try new things in writing.

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  5. Maybe you'll have more writing time over Spring Break?

    I enjoy that kind of character, too. Good luck with it!

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    1. Unfortunately, we had our one day Spring Break. We had way too many snow/ice days, so our break got nixed minus the one day.

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  6. I love those types of characters. They've got the charisma that makes you root for them, even if they're supposed to be the bad guy.

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    1. Yes, exactly this!!! Why am I so drawn to these kinds of characters?? :)

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  7. Those are such fun characters. You like them but you're not sure you trust them.

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    1. Yes, totally!! That is my goal with several of my suspects in my current MG murder mystery.

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  8. I'm not ready for summer, but I am ready for spring break. Which can't get here soon enough. Good luck with your villian/hero.

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  9. Good luck creating that character! I would just wish to finish my novel since I'm so close!

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    1. Oh, you can do it! Then you can go back and edit and make it shiny!

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  10. You'll pull off the villain/good guy trick, no problem.
    The question is, is summer ready for me!
    Last year, summer was pure work. This year (making a wish) I will see daylight.


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  11. What a great wish! I love that movie so much! I wish you the best :)

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  12. The Princess Bride is my favourite movie of all time.
    Best wishes for getting that villain right.

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    1. I enjoy creating suspicious characters where they all seem guilty but only one can be the murderer. Muhahaha

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  13. Both my protagonist and antagonists are intended to leave you wondering who is who. My husband and I recite lines to each other from the Princess Bride all the time. People think we're just a bit . . . odd. :-)

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    1. Yes, that is the beauty of being surprised! I love when the lines are blurry and you feel a little bit of yourself in both the hero and the antagonist.

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  14. Favorite villain? Maybe Hannibal Lector. He's terrifying, but at the same time, it's so fun to watch him "help" Clarice figure out who the bad guy is in Silence of the Lambs.

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  15. Villains that keep you guessing are the best kind. They can't just be straightforward evil, that's for sure. Good luck!

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  16. I love the good guy in disguise method. :)

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