I created this writing prompt, “”Honorable Destruction”, for the middle section of a book. Villain motivations are a powerful way to power the story. Perhaps the most potent type of villain motivation is one that the reader thinks is right, justified, or places him on high moral ground.
Write a scene where the antagonist confronts the protagonist about the difference in their paths. show what each character believes her motivation to be. If there are underlying motivations that the character is unaware of, hint at those now.
Want more help? Here are some extra details you can throw in…
- Your character suspects that the other side is also “in the right” but wants to deny this.
- Your character scapegoats the other character.
- The character’s flaw escalates the disagreement into a conflict.
Still stuck? Here are ideas for action…
- One of your characters tries to stop a fight
(either emotional warfare or a physical fight.)
(may be progress in the character arc or external plot arc)
- Your protagonist begins the scene acting confident and self-assured on the outside and ends the scene feeling confident and self-assured on the inside (but falsely so)
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