‘On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.’ Quote from George Orwell.
This quote appeals to me. Perhaps it is my Australian temperament. Perfection can be boring; I’ve tried it, briefly! Where as the stress of being totally bad must be harrowing. I guess that most of you must enter the psyche of your characters and experience the emotions of their varying temperaments. Or can you write about them without taking their feelings on board?
I’d love to hear how it affects you when you write from different perspectives. From my point of view, I’m not good at writing the villains. Here I’m beginning to practise and see how wicked they can be with out upsetting myself. Reading murder mysteries is, probably, my favourite leisure time activity. But writing about a murderer is totally another matter. Blood and guts are not subjects that comes easily.
Would writing about murderers upset your dream life? How wicked do you like to make your main characters? I’d love to hear from any of you who delve into these depths.