I think we all want to save the day.
One of the things I’ve been playing with is an antihero. Not because I want a weak hero who accidentally saves the day, or a villain who’s altruistic at heart. More because I think there’s a hero in all of us who can step up if given the right opportunity. An antihero doesn’t have to be weak or evil – they just have to be like you and me. Flawed, uncertain, but a child of the universe nonetheless.
Today, my hero had his moment – and he’s stepped up. It’s happened in a way I didn’t plan (because these characters seem to have a life of their own), and it was a little more fun that way.
The trick is to avoid the stereotypes of the past and try for something a little more original. That’s hard, but there’s no saloon doors in this piece. Not quite, anyway – but there is a grand entrance!
It’s very exciting.
Regardless of entrance, I’m trying to get to a point where the reader goes, “Oh, hell yeah!” as the hero saves the day. It’s fun writing these scenarios – a little action, a little dialogue, a point where all hope seems lost, then – well. You get the idea.
Word goal: 2,500. Word achievement: 3,000.
What’s that give us for this week?
- Monday: 3,400.
- Tuesday: 3,200.
- Wednesday: 3,700.
- Thursday: 3,300 – brought to you buy Raggedy Andy.
- Friday: 3,000.
Another 16,000 word week (16,600 if we’re being picky). Time for a celebratory beverage. See you all next week.