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Monday, June 1, 2009

Creative Writing Villians

Some of the best advice I've ever found. From http://hollylisle.com/fm/Articles/wc2-2.html.

"When you write, you can only write those things you know. So when you write the villain, you have to be the villain. You have to understand why the villain acts as he does, you have to know that if you were him in that situation, you would do as he does -- because if you can't do this, no one who reads what you have written will believe in the characters you have created. Empathy in those moments is an agony. You have to look into the darkest part of your soul and find the part of yourself that could be a monster, and you have to put that on the page for people to see. There's no easy way past this, because your hero can only be as great as the evil he overcomes. If you can't face the evil in yourself, you hero will only overcome straw villains, and your work will lie flat and lifeless on the page."

1 comments:

Angieanything said...

So true...

Are you writing a book?

if you happen to be a billionaire...