The Use Of The Shadow In Creative Writing

The Shadow Knows

Head to Head, Heart to Heart

I’ve been mulling over this lately, as I’m getting stuck back into my second novel about a dark, embittered woman with a past, and I’ve had to make her distinctly unlikeable from the very start. This changes as the story progresses, as unfolding events compel her to develop as a person, but initially I was forced to come up with some unpleasant opinions, inner thoughts, behaviours and driving forces for my main character, which of course went against my own very sweet nature ;>). So this is where using my shadow side came in handy. She hasn’t quite ‘turned’ yet, so I have a little bit more fun to come.

I’d previously read a very useful article in Myslexia magazine, on writing villains in crime fiction, by psychological crime writer, Laura Wilson. This related to my main character somewhat, so I took note of the fact, as Laura pointed out…

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