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How to write a villain. What role does he play? He 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.

Character Development – How to write a Villain

Today’s post looks deep into the skill of how to write 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 how to write a villain.

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Writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Today’s cool links are all writing related. I love it when I find links that teach me something and I’m able to share. This week I’m sharing links on writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis.

Writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis

Writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis www.cherylsterlingbooks.comThe first is Eva Deverell’s blog, a plethora of writing templates, worksheets, prompts, and tools. She’s listed helpful printables from everything from poetry to plot formulas. I especially like her mind maps by genre. If you’re looking for the perfect plot twist or idea spark, her site is the place to visit.

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Your Character’s Appearance

How do you introduce your character's appearance? www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

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How do you introduce your character’s appearance? What’s the right way to let your reader know what your character looks like? Have her catch her reflection in a mirror?

“Cynthia brushed her flowing blonde hair and wondered if her eyes were more blue-green or green-blue.”

Ah, no. The old look in a mirror is a terrible way to relay your character’s appearance to your readers.

Character appearance is more than how they look. Will your reader remember the color of your character’s eyes? Probably not. What he will remember is the way he hunches because he’s self-conscious of his height. Or how she sits poker-straight because her granny drilled her in proper posture.

How your character looks is more than her hair or eye color. It defines their personality and how they feel about themselves. A character’s appearance shows their interests, social status, emotions, self-esteem, and how they react to the world about them. Their appearance deepens their world and enhances their personality.

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