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Even Your Villains Need A Reason

It's Writer Wednesday and today I'm talking about writing the perfect VILLAIN! 

Snidely Whiplash, an archetypical sinister cartoon villain

I love me some villains, well the good ones, the well written, well thought out villains who are bad for a reason. Now, that reason probably doesn't make much sense to you and me because we are not villains but to them it is their WHY! 

In Lisa Cron's craft book on writing, WIRED FOR STORY, she talks about your character's misbelief and how this shapes everything they do in the story. This is NOT the same as the flaw they have. 

For example a flaw may be that they gossip, or talk too much, or are self-centered, or argue about every little thing, or they bite their nails, or they are defensive---etc--these are character flaws but they aren't WHO the character is, just what they do. 

WHO the character is goes way back to when something happened that created a misbelief for them. That misbelief is holding them back in...

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What Story Changed Your Life?

 

What story or stories changed your life in some way?
For me, there are a few.
 
THE OUTSIDERS taught me that I wasn't alone
 
LES MISERABLES taught me to be good even when others weren't
 
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF taught me that I was taking things to seriously and needed to enjoy life more
 
BACK TO THE FUTURE taught me that I could do anything if I put my mind to it
 
TITANIC taught me that life is what you make of it and to make each moment count.
 
This is why I am a writer. These stories while mostly fiction and or historical fiction literally changed who I am as a person. 
 
Wouldn't it be great if you changed someone's life?
Your book made a difference or your film changed how someone lived their life? 
 
No pressure right?
 
I believe that we are changing the world as writers, even if you are writing comedy--what you do matters! 
 
This is why I created my signature course, STORY...
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