Disabling the Options. The Cringe Factor Part II: The Challenge of the Bad Guy.

Posted: June 12, 2014 by writingsprint in Essay
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A cool article from Allyson Everard that talks about bad guys and plot arcs. It’s amazing how we all do what we do.

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In any work of fiction, these are the two areas more vulnerable and more precious than any other. Sex and the challenge of the Bad Guy. I covered sex already (HERE), so now let’s move on to the Bad Guy.

The Bad Guy and the why-how challenge: Writing a villain is easy enough, but you really do have to make him or her strong and to some extent unstoppable. If your villain isn’t a serious force to be reckoned with, then there is no threat. You can have the meatiest book ever, you can have a saga of strong emotions, action and adventure, marvelous obstacles to get over, through, around, and all the trauma and excitement in the world. You can have the twistiest plots with the best winning-through-in-the-end formula. It could be expertly written – everything – but it won’t help you one iota if the average…

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  1. A.D. Everard says:

    Very nice of you, Matt. 😀


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