writing process: Villains

Aaand its back! Couldn’t stay away from it too long. This series for me at least is the perfect balance between personal and commercial. It also helps me put down my chaotic thoughts in a slightly organised manner.

It is said that a story is only as good as its villain. So, Villains, love ’em or hate ’em, they are an important aspect of storytelling.

They are what provide conflict into the journey of our protagonist, the yin to our protagonist’s Yang. So we, as authors have to write strong and complex villains.

There are three kinds of villains that can be depicted:-

The human villain:- a villain that are almost as complex as our protagonist. We understand their motivations and they mostly act within an ethical boundary. The only real difference between the protagonist and the villain in this case is ideological and not moral. These complex villains grow to become one of the people’s most beloved villains. However developing these may cause your plot to take a backseat and may make people question the motives of the protagonist. You don’t want that happening, so write these only if you are completely confident about it.

The ‘evil’ villain:- These are the kind of villain that just want to destroy things, conquer things, take over things and generally cause a ruckus. These are the villains that if developed well can be reviled by the readers and if developed poorly, can be considered cardboard villains with no soul. You may give them a motivation to these things but the general idea is that, that reason should not be relatable hence, making them look evil.

The force of nature villain:- these are straight up plot devices. You don’t need to develop them at all, you just needs to strike fear or make readers hate it. Stuff like a natural disaster or a distant untouchable villain that cannot be destroyed. These are used only in stories in which everything needs to focus on the protagonist and their surrounding group of friends.

Almost every piece fiction has at least one of these three kinds of villains. And at times, some villains turn from one of these three to another kind. For example:- darth vader is a force of nature villain in the first star wars and slowly develops into a human villain with each subsequent film.

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