S6 Bonus Episode – What Makes a Good Villain

Authors can always be served by returning to the basics of writing. We spend so much time focusing on the grand scale of books – plot, themes, sequels – that the simple pieces of writing which make a story stand out can be lost. This month, Writing Roots is focusing on the nitty gritty, from writing dialogue and humor to developing character voice.

Writing a good – and by this we mean interesting and compelling – villain can be a challenge. Many new writers want the best and most talented character to be the protagonist. That usually ends with a boring story, since the protagonist never faces any real challenges. Writing a villain is more than just giving the good guy opposition. It’s about motivations, similarities, and so much more.

First aired January 25, 2020.

About the Author
Ley is an editor and author of action/suspense novels.

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