A Prompt: Archer and the Pendant

28 Jun

I’ve started editing BTE and in a desperate (and pathetic) attempt to multi-task and accomplish blogging and “force” editing/writing. I’m going to blog a few writing exercises for BTE today. I hope you all will participate in the comments or on your own blog!

So courtesy of www.creative-writing-solutions.com I give you today’s prompt:

Is there anything that makes your character feel safe? Something comforting? Describe what it is and why it makes them feel safe?

I’ll be using my Antagonist Archer (name soon to be changed… I know it’s bad ugh…) for this one. Also to get some brain juice flowing in the writing direction I’ll be doing it in fictional context. Enjoy!

(here is the music I used to write this, click play if you feel in the mood):

He pulled out the drawer, releasing the smell of moth balls, and old wood. He stared into the dark, hesitating. He hadn’t brought it out in so long, but seeing Skye made him think of her… he needed to see it, just to make sure that it was still there. That Skye wasn’t her, or she wasn’t Skye. Sometimes he couldn’t tell the difference. He reached in, deft hands brushing over warbling coins, and buttons, until he found it, his fingers brushing smooth metal. He pulled out the necklace watching the steel chain twist against the pendant. It was an old symbol, one that had lost any real meaning other than her name.

The pendant was a simple t shape with thin etchings of flowers curling up its front. Cold iron in his hands, not how he remembered it. Without the warmth of her seeping into the steel, it seemed only half there, as if he could pass his hand right through it if he tried. But it was all he had left of her. It was the only real thing left, the only thing that seemed certain and safe. The only thing that still held him together.

Gee… that doesn’t read much like a bad guy. I’m bad at making people “hate-able” :/

PLEASE post your responses here or link to your blog response! Thanks for reading 😀

© Alexandra Sestito



14 Responses to “A Prompt: Archer and the Pendant”

  1. gabriellan June 29, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Ooh, I’m doing this tomorrow!

    • nkeda14 June 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

      *claps hands* can’t wait to see it dear!

  2. digitaloutcast June 29, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    If you want someone to be despicable and for readers to despise them, then write the person as someone you’d love to hate. Then, the readers will read the hate as it’s written, and sympathize with YOU, thus hating the character.

    • nkeda14 June 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

      Thanks i’ll try… I suppose i’m just lucky Archer doesn’t actually have any POV time in the book. So the characters hating him will help a lot.

  3. gabriellan June 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    He does sound a bit like a good guy ^^ But the best bad guys are the ones who you can sort of sympathize with, even if you want them to fail.

  4. harmamae June 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Yes, bad guys should be at least a little bit sympathetic…
    Nice way to multi-task!

  5. juanvillagrana July 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    So I’m finally catching up on these!
    This was GREAT! I love the writing style. And it’s never bad to make your antagonist easy to sympathize with. I prefer it.
    I’ll see if I can cook something up for this.

    • nkeda14 July 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      Yeah! *CLAPS* Juan is finally on Bored! LOL

  6. RaeAnn January 8, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    I think he’s a bad guy caught in his most vulnerable moment. That’s when bad guy can seem good.

    • nkeda14 January 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

      🙂 That’s a good way of putting it RaeAnn!


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