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Where I talk about bad guys

Lately with my novel Healers I’ve been hitting a pretty big block: my antagonist doesn’t make sense. I was so busy fleshing out my two main characters that I forgot to empathise with my villain. Since I’m rewriting the scenes that lead to the climax, I find that his motivations are not clear at all and that I need to dig deeper.

I shared that issue on Twitter and I got really good advice. I thought that I would share them with you, in case you are facing the same problem:

In addition to that, I also searched help on Youtube, and there’s a couple of videos that really did the trick:

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I’ve now almost solved my problem with the villain, but I’m always looking for more advice! What’s your unusual trick to flesh out your bad guy? Do you have a ritual that you use for making them reaaaaally evil? Don’t hesitate to share in the comments below!

By | 2018-05-22T20:04:24+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Novels, Projects|3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Rowena Tisdale May 22, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    You’re right! Some really good advice there. I saw something recently that I also found helpful – when a character is giving you trouble, write down 20 things about them that your readers will never know. I use that frequently.

    • Céline May 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      That’s a really good advice too, thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Lupinette May 23, 2018 at 5:25 am - Reply

    My villains aren’t evil. They’re just people who did the wrong choices. They become sometimes what we call evil because they’re so deep in those choices that they believe they do the right thing. In fact, I don’t create good or bad guys, just characters with different lives and points of view. And when one of them doesn’t agree with my main one on almost everything, then he/she become my “villain”

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