How to Write a Villain #TT

How to Write a Villain

It’s #ThrowbackThursday, and we’re flying the wayback machine to a post I wrote almost two years ago, July 17, 2018 (my anniversary btw) to look at how to write a villain.

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 creating a villain.

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The Princess Bride Character Conflicts #TT

The Princess Bride Character Conflicts #ThrowbackThursday

Tying in with my June 17th post on what does your character want?, I’ve activated the wayback machine to take us to September 18, 2013 to revisit The Princess Bride Character Conflicts. 

This is the last of a three part series on Motivation, Goals and Conflict, as told from the view of the characters from the book and movie, “The Princess Bride.”  I hope you’ve enjoyed a different twist on the three major components of character development and plot.

character motivation in the princess bride, the princess bride character goals, the princess bride character conflicts

The Cliffs of Insanity FrankWinkler / Pixabay

Conflict is the “why not” of your story

It is the dragon (external), the physical force preventing your character from reaching his goal.  It is the demon (internal), emotions your character must face, the force within, his Achilles heel.  (Thanks to Julie Garwood for the dragon/demon comparison.)

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The Princess Bride Character Goals #TT

The Princess Bride Character Goals #ThrowbackThursday

Tying in with my June 17th, 2020 post on what does your character want?, I’ve once again entered the wayback machine to 9-16-13 to talk about The Princess Bride Character Goals.

On an earlier post, I talked about the importance of your characters having a strong motivation for what they do.  The fantastic book and movie, “The Princess Bride” provided a rich history of its characters’ motivation.

character motivation in the princess bride, the princess bride character goals

The Cliffs of Insanity FrankWinkler / Pixabay

All characters need a goal, and “The Princess Bride” is no exception.  Let’s explore further:

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