A friend of mine who runs the “Writers Write” blog, suggests that beginner writers take revenge for a plot.
Yes, I remember… (*joints creaking*) one of the first novelette-sized stories I wrote, (*when I was eleven, the older I get the better I used to be*) 😉 all went about revenge…
It’s actually a brilliant type of plot, also for pro writers. You don’t have to be a beginner to appreciate the versatility of the topic. Revenge is such a base, mean, human, satisfying drive, and many people are too evolved themselves to ever actually visit revenge on anyone, we prefer to believe that “the wheel turns” and divine justice will be dealt. But it’s fun to play with the thought of giving someone who has slighted or injured us, a good dosage of their own medication. Myself, I’d like to play some magical mischief on banks, governments, the big Pharma and Monsanto, turn all their sugar to salt, make their computer systems write credits to their customers instead of debiting, every time an unreasonable bank charge goes off; force them to take high dosages of their own vaccinations, and make their round-up ready weeds climb in through their bedroom windows.
I often use revenge in stories, as a sideline (usually not as the main plot but that is just me). Do you have some nice flashy excerpts of revenge from your books? Want to post them in the comments or link to them? 🙂