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.

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