• Character Development

    Five Character Types That Make Great Antagonistic Forces

    The protagonist pushes forward, but the antagonistic force pushes back. An antagonistic force is a person in your story who is opposing your protagonist, either in small, accidental ways¬†or in big obvious ones. Because of the contrast and the potential for great conflict, you want to develop your antagonist as richly as you do your main character. These four destructive character types could make your antagonist richer and even more realistic.     Little Miss Victim: Their life is so, so hard. This person has mastered the art of getting others to do their work for them. They may not even realize that they are their own worst enemy. In…

  • Character Development,  Craft,  Uncategorized

    Eighteen Ways To Write An Emotionally Abusive Villain

        Let’s say you want to write a villain who doesn’t wear black, doesn’t have a weapon and doesn’t do all the things that typical baddies do.You want an emotionally abusive villain. Emotionally abusive villains are scarier than the Darth Vader types, in my humble opinion. They can play with a person’s mind, trick them into thinking that they are safe, twist their reality and torture their soul. In real life and in real literature ¬†emotionally abusive villains have been responsible for all kinds of evil. Often emotional abusers are subtle. They don’t go for the obvious name calling. Instead they want to be see as following the letter…