Nature vs Nurture

20 Dec

If your hero and villain switched places, how would they each react? How would the communities and people around them react?

What if your hero and villain were raised in the other’s place? If your villain had been raised with your hero’s background, would he/she still grow to be your story’s villain? What of your hero being raised how your villain had?

What would win out, nature or nurture? Would your character’s background, how he/she was raised, give way to their personality in the future, or are they slated for roles and personality?


Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Home


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2 responses to “Nature vs Nurture

  1. Jenn Moss

    December 20, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    For me, I think of my characters having certain traits just by nature–but how they use those traits is influenced by nurture. Say a talent for leadership: I see that as an innate trait. But nurture would play a part in determining if the character used that talent to become a bully or someone who inspires the best in other people.

    I don’t think I’ve written a story where a hero and villain have the same innate traits, so this is hard to answer for me. But you’ve given me a lot to think about! This was an awesome question–thank you.

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  2. tahenryauthoress

    December 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I have to say I think nature and nurture are a 50/50 proposition. More or less equal influence. So the possibility is always there that the hero is really a villain loved into goodness and vice versa.

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