Check out this post from Jean’s Writing Blog on whether you need to add a villain to your story.
Then you need to understand your villain.
We’ve heard lots about a protagonist’s motivation and character but often times we forget that the villain is just as important.
I don’t know about you but I struggle with making sure I understand my villain’s motives, back-story, and desires.
How do I go about giving the necessary importance to a villain without overshadowing the protagonist?
Well, when I needed this information, a post from Now Novelpopped into my email with all the right answers. There are examples and suggestions to make sure your villain is scary as hell.
What did I learn from this post about bad guys?
- All villains have a history. Don’t forget to incorporate it into the story.
- Their backstory explains how they became a villain.
- Show why the villain has power and influence over the protagonist.
- Are they scary, intimidating, powerful…
- Explain how the villain gets away with…
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