August 23, 2010

The Problem with Villains

I know there are lots of my family and close friends who may disagree with this statement, but I’m too nice. ~Okay, at least in my writing~ When writing, I tend to have problems with the bad guy. A pretty big problem since I write suspenseful stories. I prefer to keep them off the page since it’s easier to deal with finding them, instead of making them look villainous. I haven’t written from the villain’s point of view. In fact, most of my bad guys are just that…BAD guys and it’s hard for me to call them villains. Their activities […]
November 3, 2009

The Villain of the Piece

You know, we spend a lot of time with our heroes and our heroines. We watch them battle against the universe, against circumstances, against bad guys and even against themselves. But the real nature of a hero is only revealed when put into direct opposition with the villain of the piece. In fact, some of the greatest heroes were made great because of the villains they fought. The darkness they battled against and in some cases, nearly succumbed to. Best Villains Arguably, my criteria for best villain are not going to be yours. To me, the best villains are memorable […]