S34 Bonus – Elements of a Villain

No story is complete without an antagonist. They don’t need to be the classic, mustache-twirling villain, but there needs to be some point of conflict for the main characters. The best way to do that is through setting up a character to be their antithesis.

A good villain comes with a few key characteristics. They need to have a reason for their villainy, a reasonable backstory, and some kind of tie to the hero that pits them against each other. But a good villain has more than that. In this episode, we take a look at how to build a villain that will best help your story.

First aired August 27, 2022.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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