Friday, November 11, 2016

Showing a Character's Revenge

"The best revenge is massive success." ~ Frank Sinatra

"Revenge is a dish best served cold."  ~ Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 1782

Revenge.  What a fun thing to put in a book.  First, there's the initial problem, where someone is wronged in some way.  To get the person back, the person seeking revenge has to 'get ahead,' to make sure the wrong has been avenged.

What's the best revenge?   Is it to be successful like Frank Sinatra said, or is it to wait until the person least suspects it (like the 'dish served best cold')?

Just know that with every revenge comes more revenge from the original person who wronged the second.  There is really no way to win at revenge, whether being 'gotten back' again, or from the guilt associated with the avenger.

Here are some ways to show a character is working on revenge:


  • show they're angry (tightenend jaw, reddened face, frown, etc.)
  • they should be thinking of ways to avenge the wrong
  • the character has to consider the consequences before acting.  If they don't, the guilt of their actions weigh on them even more.
  • their every thought is possessed by the revenge they have in their heart
  • the initial action hurts them more than they can fathom
  • they have to hide their form of revenge from the bad guy until the time is right

Just a few revenge thoughts.  And no, this isn't from personal experience...um...much.  

Have a great day!
Sweet Tale Books

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Reference:
The 10 Best Revenge Plots In TV Shows
The Smarter Way to Seek Revenge

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