POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE
By Nandy Ekle
Auditions are now open for your story. You need a cast of characters to carry this tale and it’s time to find them.
First we need a main character who normally is the protagonist. This is the person through whose view point we see the world. This person tells us thoughts and actions, intentions, and feelings. We want him/her to be the good guy and win in the end.
Next we need an antagonist, traditionally the bad guy. This character tries to stop the main character from reaching their goal, whether on purpose with diabolical evil or strictly by accident. This character can be someone who starts out one way then changes in midstream, or can be a person who never changes or wavers an inch while the protagonist grows and matures. The antagonist doesn’t even have to be a person at all but nature or even the protagonist against himself.
The fun begins when we mix it all up. Maybe our main character is not a good guy. Maybe our protagonist is really the bad guy and we use him to show the world the other side of the coin. And then the antagonist can be the one trying to thwart the bad guy.
I have heard some famous actors say that playing the bad guy in a play or movie is the most fun acting.
Open your imagination to the “what ifs” of the darker side of the world and have some fun.
Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse.