Your villain plays the most important role in your story. Yep, more important than your hero.  That means you must go beyond the cliches when developing your villain, because generic platitudes such as maniacal laughter, minions and monologues are standard issue.  But don’t panic if your villain possesses these stock traits. Even the most celebrated villains are littered with cliches. Look no further than Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series and The Joker from The Dark Knight.

Your villain plays the most important role in your story. Yep, more important than your hero. That means you must go beyond the cliches when developing your villain, because generic platitudes such as maniacal laughter, minions and monologues are standard issue. But don’t panic if your villain possesses these stock traits. Even the most celebrated villains are littered with cliches. Look no further than Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series and The Joker from The Dark Knight.

Have the first name down but can't quite figure out what your character's last name should be? Here are thousands of surname choices for your #NaNoWriMo characters! #writingtips #characters

Have the first name down but can't quite figure out what your character's last name should be? Here are thousands of surname choices for your #NaNoWriMo characters! #writingtips #characters

Creative #adverbs lists to add more meaning-dense vocabulary to your speech and #interpreting.

Creative #adverbs lists to add more meaning-dense vocabulary to your speech and #interpreting.

Editor’s Marks

Editor’s Marks

It is not unheard of for us writers to abandon writing for a bit longer than we may have expected. It does happen and a flood of emotions may result when a writer comes to terms with it. In this post, I share a few words of encouragement for the writer who wants to get back into writing.

It is not unheard of for us writers to abandon writing for a bit longer than we may have expected. It does happen and a flood of emotions may result when a writer comes to terms with it. In this post, I share a few words of encouragement for the writer who wants to get back into writing.

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