I’ve read some fiction recently that calls into question how people see villains. I want to correct these missed opportunities. While I understand that some people feel that fantasy villains should be drawn with a broad brush. Some of the best stories are about the villains. Wicked is about one of the evil witches of the Oz stories. Once about a time centers around the evil queen’s attempt to foil the happily ever after for Snow White.
So, how do you make realistic villains? The first thing you need to get rid of is the idea that they think differently. They are human, if they are human, just like anyone else. They have perfectly believable motivations. Darth Vader revealed a little of his motivations to Luke on Bespin when he asks Luke to join him. His true motivations he hid front he Emperor. He just wanted his son to join him and rule the galaxy together as father and son.
Some of my best story telling has been about the villain. Villains define the hero, and how great the hero is. When superman fights normal bad guys as he did most often in the TV series, he overpowered them easily. Not very super, but throw in General Zod, and now he is really super.
Give your Villains believable backstories. There is a reason for their villainy. Find out what it is. You don’t have to write it into your story, but it will influence how you write that character.
I’ve learned one thing from publishing Collision at Faraway , and that is everyone wants another right away. I immediately launched into writing Stealing Saturn, but the problem was that I was just writing mechanically. There was no heart or soul in what I was writing. Also my productivity was down. With Collision I was writing 1500 to 2000 words a day without too much trouble. For Stealing Saturn I am down to 500 words a day on a good day.
I was in a writing slump. I was not blocked. I find the first act to be tedious to write, and Stealing Saturn is fairly complicated with more than three plot lines to develop and follow. So, the First Act was getting me down. I could have persisted and written my way through the first act 500 words per day. That would not be fun for me, and I find that if it isa fun for me to write it is fun for people to read. I needed to do something drastic.
I needed my creative batteries to be recharged. There are several ways to do this. I could run a movie marathon of all of the Star Trek Movies and all of the Star Wars movies. That would work, but it is a bit too passive. I could go to vegas and see a few shows. That’s a bit too expensive. I could go to DisneyWorld, which would definitely charge my creative batteries. It would be too expensive, as well.
I needed a vacation, but not a real one. I resubscribed to Star Wars: The Old Republic and did a virtual vacation. SWTOR for me is a good game, and it is easy for me get lost in the class stories. SWTOR is in my genre that I am writing which is another point for it.
What I hope you take away from this is that you might need to take a break from your writing. Do so, and come back with your Creative Batteries Recharged.
The sales of my book, Collision at Faraway has been far above my expectations. I want to thank all who are making the first month of sales so spectacular for me. I am selling across the world, and have reached into countries I thought I would never sell.
If you haven’t yet picked up your copy either physical or electronic you can do so.