Writing the Villian

Villains. We all love to hate them. Everyone has tricks and techniques to write villains  I’m hoping I can add a little something to how to go about making a villain three-dimensional. (also posted at Much Cheaper Than Therapy’s Blog)
Character Sheet
I always pull out my characterization sheets and map out my villain’s traits. You have to make them three dimension with hopes and fears just like your other characters. You need to decide on what motivates him or her, what their greatest fear is, etc.

How dark is your villain?
Decide how dark you want to make your villain. What shade of gray is he or her? Do […]

By |November 17th, 2012|Uncategorized, Writing|0 Comments

Mood and Tone. One and The Same?

I write dark. I’ve tried writing fun, light romps and I fail miserably. Don’t get me wrong, I have humor sprinkled in here and there, but I love to create an atmosphere that is brooding and intense. With Shrouded in Darkness it was easy to great a dark mood. I added two elements, both of which are almost characters in the book. One was the house. It rested on the top of a hill and isolated from the nearest town. When I did describe it, it was usually when the sun was setting. The other element was the weather. The book was set in January, up in […]

By |January 12th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments