Reputation

How often do you think about your reputation? I’d be willing to bet that it’s not something you think about daily. However, as an author, I’m constantly thinking about my characters’ reputations. Thankfully, my main characters are well rounded, and possess explicit ones. However, when it comes to my villains and supporting characters, it’s a little more difficult to create a well-defined reputation.

As I’ve continued to hone my skills, I have constantly had to think about showing instead of telling. Which means I needed to be careful about how I revealed the reputations of Emilie and those cursed with their abilities. If I leaned on a character bursting into a scene, ranting and raving about the evils committed by Emilie, I’d have a terrible piece of Micro Fiction. Relentless provided a sneak peek to Emilie’s reputation with her military. While an important part of her reputation, I needed to highlight how commoners feel about Emilie.

Come, sit down and allow me to give you a mini-escape and kindle your imagination.

Reputation

The creaking door announced Ramas’s entry into the tavern. As everyone whipped around to stare at the helmet clad intruder, Ramas sauntered to the counter. He removed his helm and face covering, and laid them down, while his milky white eyes lingered upon the trembling owner, “A mug of mead.”

The proprietor nodded as his unsteady fingertips clutched a cup.

“Don’t bother, Jessie.” A hand pulled Ramas away from the bar. “He won’t be drinking it.”

“I’ve done nothing to you or your kin.”

The man leaned forward, baring his teeth. “We won’t meekly accept your rule.”

A long breath rushed from Ramas’s lungs as he dropped to his knees and slammed a fist into the earth.

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