A Month of Villainy

May 27, 2008 § Leave a comment

Month of VillainyThe month of June has been declared ‘Villain Month’ by elizaw. This sounds like the perfect way to kick start the writing process. Developing characters is by far my favorite part of writing any story. In fact, I often get more absorbed in the stories of minor side characters than I do in the actual MCs.

Villains are always a challenge. I don’t know if it’s just the difficulty of relating to them or the reluctance to think on their level. I know that a book is much more enjoyable to read when there is a complex and subtle villain in place. So why not strive to achieve that in my own writing?

I’ll try to come up with a more organized form as June draws nearer, but in the meantime, here is a list of some of the topics I’ll be considering (I’m having fun with this already!)…

  • Black sheep of the family: villains or just misunderstood anti-heroes?
  • How to develop the modern henchman
  • The Boss: make them live up to their reputation, dammit!
  • Villains as humans versus non-humans

I’m also trying to work on setting and description, so I’ll try to incorporate that into the writings. More to come as the date draws nearer!

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