How Your Character’s Resentment Makes for Good Writing

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Ah, Resentment

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “Ah, Love”, does it?

But, man, oh man, your character’s resentment can certainly make for good writing.


Resentment usually leads to one of two reactions:

1 – revenge

2 – remorse

If it’s revenge, then you’ve got all kinds of possibilities for your character and his or her interactions with the person or object or situation causing the resentment.

If it’s remorse, you’ve got yourself a boat load of emotional fodder for your plot.

And, you can have Resentment —> Revenge —> Remorse.


What’s your take on using resentment in your writing?


Find out more about resentment as a character motivator here – Larry Brooks (of course!)
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The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. ------ William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Speech, Stockholm, 1950
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4 Responses to How Your Character’s Resentment Makes for Good Writing

  1. Roger says:

    I try too instil in all my baddies the desire for complete revenge. it makes them that much more interesting, and it’s also fun to write.

  2. I have had a boatload of fun using resentment with one of my characters. In my story, the eldest granddaughter has a horrible relationship with her grandfather. Then Fate turns everything upside down. Suddenly, the two have to deal with each other and this spit-fire of a girl makes herself a constant thorn in the old man’s side as pay-back. (These interactions are an ongoing source of humor for the story.) But as she continues reacting with old anger and pain, it eventually becomes clear it will never give her peace. She needs to know he loves her, and it takes some doing to bring that about.

    Sorry… long-winded! LOL

  3. Pingback: writing, distressing, resenting, and respecting « power of language blog: partnering with reality by JR Fibonacci

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