Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Advice about Villains


For those of you who can't see that for some reason, it says: "I heard Katherine Patterson speak recently and she said if you can't find yourself in your villains, rewrite." (Tweet courtesy of Kari_D_Allen.)

That is amazing advice for anyone struggling with a villain-- you have to look at the darkest parts of yourself in order to make a villain convincing. The part that is so desperate to live forever that he would split his soul into seven pieces (Voldemort). Or, in my case, the part that cares more about my own comfort than providing for those who are truly needy (Jeanine).

Are the most compelling villains, to me, the ones I identify with? I'm wondering.


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