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How to write a villain. Creating a villain.

Character Development – Creating a Villain

Today’s post looks deep into the skill of creating a villain.

Your story contains many elements that are critical: a main character, a plot, settings, etc. One of the most important is the villain or the antagonist. He adds depth and flavor to your story, more so than any other secondary character.

Who is your villain? Your villain is your antagonist, your protagonist’s main threat to reaching her goals. He stands in her way, creates conflicts, and forces her to make tough choices that tests her and ultimately makes her stronger.Click To Tweet

Let’s dig deep into creating a villain.

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pool float cool links for 7-14-2018

Cool Links for 7-14-2018

Here are a few cool links for 7-14-18

Summer is here, and the living is easy.

I grew up in Michigan, where we spent summer weekends at “the lake”. It didn’t matter if “the lake” was nearby Lake Michigan or one of the state’s 100,000 inland lakes. “The Lake” brought cool summer breezes and hours of entertainment.

If you have a place on a body of water, or even if you own a pool, you might be interested in purchasing one of these aquatic pool floats.


The resolution is not clear, but if you look closely, there are people riding on the backs of these floats.

Some of the floats come equipped with cup holders and a built-in cooler and will accomodate up to six people.

To purchase one of these beauties, head over to your closest Sam’s Club.

What happens during your lifetime

This video illustrates how much time you spend on various activities during your lifetime. Some examples include:

150,000,000 steps taken

42,000 words learned

16 years spent on the computer

13 years spent on your phone

To find out how many hours you spend (or waste!) on mundane things, please visit this site.

Summer activities for kids

Summer hours are challenging if you have kids out of school. If you’re looking for a quick, easy, free activity for them, check out these printable big monster coloring pages. With a printer and a handful of crayons, your kids will be occupied for hours.

Monster coloring pages. Cool links for 7-14-2018

Easy garden markers

If you’ve put in a garden this year, rain and sun might have faded your row markers. Replace them with painted stones. A few varied acrylic paints, a handful of stones found anywhere and clear varnish added to a minimum amount of time and a sprinkle of artist talent = the perfect garden marker. Heck, this could even be another activity for your kids!

How to Make Garden Markers by Painting Stones

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THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE is one of the most popular ways to plot a novel or screenplay. It’s the backbone of countless novels, TV shows and

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday revisits the Three Act Structure

(Today’s post on the Three Act Structure is an excerpt from The Plot Thickens:21 Ways to Plot Your Novel.)

THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE is one of the most popular ways to plot a novel or screenplay. It’s the backbone of countless novels, TV shows and movies.www.cherylsterlingbooks.comTHE THREE ACT STRUCTURE is one of the most popular ways to plot a novel or screenplay. It’s the backbone of countless novels, TV shows and movies. It keeps the story moving, the reader turning pages and box offices busy. In its simplest form it consists of three parts:

  1. Beginning
  2. Middle
  3. End

Of course, much more is involved. Your daily trip to work has a beginning, middle and end. Hopefully, it’s uneventful, but boring isn’t what you want for your novel. Let’s re-label the three parts into:

  1. Setup
  2. Conflict
  3. Climax

Much more riveting, isn’t it?

Let’s look at each of these in depth.
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