I came across this article on the GalleyCat this morning. Yes…I am up and writing at 5 am.
I wanted to share it with you guys because as I trudge through rewrites one of the things that has come into focus is the importance of Writing A Better Villain.
The article, written by Maryann Yin, touches on a few ideas I never really considered when crafting my villain.
- Examining yourself….the darkest parts…and transferring that to the villain.
- The consideration that the villain doesn’t have to be ALL BAD, that ALL BAD villains are usually boring. Flawing them by giving them a weakness, like a sliver of humanity, makes them more interesting and their fall even more catastrophic.
- Allowing the hero/heroine to see his/herself in the villain.