Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Day 136...How To Create a Great Villain
Welcome to Day 136...
I love the genre that I write - Romantic suspense. And part of what makes a good romantic suspense novel great, is making sure there's a good villain in the mix. Someone to add suspense, conflicts, thrills...
So how can you create a great villain?
Make Them Unrecognizable
I always feel the best villains are hiding in plain sight - especially to our hero or heroine. They present a much better facade than the evil lurking below the surface. A good villain can be prominent, successful, wealthy, even kind and helpful. It's the one you'd never saw coming.
Make Them Unredeemable
Even when they have the chance to right a wrong or to take the kinder, gentler path, the villain just can't seem to do so. They have an unstoppable agenda, which means nothing and no one will get in their way.
Make Them Complicated
What's the back story? Was your villain born bad? Or was there a singular or series of events that rocked their world and their goodness? Give your villain a driving force behind all that evil.
Make Them Brilliant
Carrying out calculated schemes and murders is no easy task. The best villains are masters at planning, execution and hiding in plain sight.
That's all for now...Keep an eye out for a future post on creating a great heroine.
Here's Today's Takeaway Lesson...