Opposition: Why We Need Villains, by Dani Eide
A trope is simply a common or overused theme or device in a story. Some people like the word cliché to describe them and some like the word stereotype instead. It’s all the same thing and simply means that a story element has become popular and now everyone knows about it. A trope is not […]
The Villains You Find In Online Writing Groups, by Jordan Elizabeth
I’ve taught numerous creative writing and “how to get published” classes at local libraries.  I always stress the importance of getting feedback on your work.  The paragraph might sparkle on your computer screen.  You’ve never been more proud of anything you’ve ever written.  You read it ten times, it is just amazing…and then someone else […]
The Transformative Power of Villainous Cartoons, by Vicki Keire
From a  young age, I’ve loved a good villain. I’ve always been the type to secretly root for the bad guys. Villains seem so larger than life, so much better than the hero or heroine. Villains are more powerful, more driven, more ambitious, and yes, let’s face it, they have more sex appeal. As I […]
How To Write Villains, by Astrid Kaniele
As I begin to edit a novel I’ve left alone for a few months, I’ve been thinking about my villainous characters a lot. See, there are more than I expected and they are all there at different points in the story for different reasons. There’s no way I could merge three into one. Let’s introduce […]
Villians We Secretly Want to Be, by Megan O’Russell
Have you ever wanted to be just a little bit evil? I don’t mean like robbing a store or something real world bad, but fantastically evil. I have henchman evil. Maybe it’s just my dramatic side, but there are a few evil folks I would shank a flying monkey to spend a day in their […]
I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Written That Way, by Benjamin Sperduto
Most of us are familiar with the old bit of writing advice that reminds us villains don’t typically think of themselves as villains, but rather as the heroes of their own story. While I think this advice is well intentioned, it often ends up being a bit reductionist. How many times, for instance, have you […]
Et tu, Brute?, by Randy Attwood
It is the Ides of March and here I am blogging about building unforgettable villains. What makes a villain unforgettable? The things he/she does? Or the person he/she is? I think both. Brutus was among the mob that stabbed Caesar to death. “Sic Semper Tyranus!” Is he a villain or a hero? The faceless thug […]
Top Seven Villains and Why I Love to Despise Them, by Lauren
I love books that have a well written villain. You know when a writer has written a villain well because you grow to despise that character. A villain can add a whole new dimension to a novel so here are my seven villains.   Voldemort from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling I love […]
SEVEN TYPES OF VILLAINS, by
I was quite excited to see the blog theme for this week, as I dedicated several weeks just to looking at villains a few years ago on my blog. Over that week, I discussed several types of villains and some of the best representatives from each category. But I don’t have space for several posts […]
Gray Hats, by Samantha Bryant
In the old TV melodramas I watched as a child, it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. You didn’t need to look further than the color of their hats. You’ve got the Lone Ranger in his giant white hat riding on his tall, white horse. He’s a straight shooter, both […]