Inspired by John Gardener’s Grendel or Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, write a short story from the perspective of a classic villain.
If parameters will help you with this challenge, consider writing as if this were a chapter in a novel. Focus on one isolated event or misunderstood encounter between “heroes” and “monsters.”
Mariah Beckman is a Seattle-based writer and editor. A transplant from the cloudless skies and arid heat of the Arizona desert, Mariah spends most of her time trying not to feel soggy. Mariah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Arizona State University and spends much of her free time with her beau, her family, and her pot-bellied pig, Bebop. When she’s not pretending to know how to knit, she loves to run, hike, kayak, shop, snap photos, and explore the nooks and crannies of the Pacific Northwest.