WRITING TIPS & WRITERLY MUSINGS
Write The Villain Your Story Deserves
As I’ve discussed before, there’s a difference between an antagonist and a villain. Your story doesn’t need a villain, but if you’re going to have one, you should have a memorable one.
- Prince Humperdink/Count Rugen
- The Joker
- Emperor Palpatine
These are the names and the stories that stick with us. And sometimes? We love them anyway.
But how does one create a memorable villain, worthy of one’s story? Here are some tips.
#1 – Avoid under-developed villains
Remember, villains have their own lives, outside of thwarting your protagonist. They need to be 3-dimensional characters with motivations that make sense — even if you disagree with their decisions.
#2 – If you must use a cliche, add a twist
The childhood trauma, the revenge on the government/mob/whatever, the delusion that they’re doing good…make sure you’re not following the formula too closely.
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