Wednesday, 5 July 2017

GUEST POST : VILLAINS HAVE FEELINGS TOO



Today we have something special, a guest post!! One of my Camp NaNoWrimo buddies, Grace Wesier from the blog Writerly, offered to do a guest post about Villains as you can see. I hope you have fun and I'll meet you again at the end of this wonderful thought journey Grace is going to take us through.


Good and evil, black and white, hero and villain, right and wrong. These are terms we use all the time as writers, showing a world to our readers that portrays the hero as fighting for the good of society, and the villain as trying to destroy it. True, the hero isn’t always perfect (fatal flaws are a writer’s best friend) and the villain isn’t always aaall bad (isn’t it funny how only the hot ones are misunderstood?), but at the end of the day most stories fall into the “justice triumphs and all is well with the world” cliche that we’re all familiar with.
Before I begin, let me clarify by saying this isn’t always the case.  Not everyone writes stories with happy endings, and not everyone likes stories where the hero gets what they most desire and the villain is vanquished in a firey final battle. While that’s nice to read every once and a while, it’s getting a bit old and there are some who don’t find it as compelling as most.
I’m one of those people. I’m also cursed with the ability to see pretty much every side to an argument or problem. Hence this topic. So I’m going to blow your mind for a second.  Hold tight to your seats and buckle in, readers.  It’s time for the roller coaster of self-doubt and writers’ anxiety.



What if your hero is wrong????

Okay now take a deep breath, calm down, it's okay. You'l make it out of this alive.
Walk around the room a couple times, get a snack, drink some water...
Better now?
Good. Time to walk you through developing an amazing an terrifying villain. Let's se numbered points to make this easier.

1. Your villain believes he’s in the right.
Despite what we like to think, bad guys don’t usually go around declaring themselves to be a terrible person.  Some do, we’ll get to that later.  For now, let’s focus on the most important part of this whole thing.  You see, everyone who has a solid belief in something, also holds the belief that whatever they see as truth, is truth.  If they meet someone who doesn’t agree with them, they see that person as being wrong.  And that person having a good argument for their beliefs doesn’t guarantee a change either.

Despite how Right and Good you believe your hero to be, your villain is going to believe that his side is just as Right and Good, and that the hero is the one who should be punished.

2. Your villain is going to fight for his beliefs.
Fighting for what you believe in goes right alongside believing in ANYTHING. It can be something small like how you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or something big, like if there’s a god. No matter what it is, you’re going to fight for it on some scale, and your villain will too. Heck, that’s the whole reason he’s the freaking villain!  Giving your bad guy a passion and an end goal focused on what they believe is the key part of making him an antagonist.

Be careful to remember the first point, though. He’s not going to get fired up and passionate about something he doesn’t hold to be true. Make sure you fully develop a set of beliefs for your villain before you make him fight the hero.

3. Your villain is going to be convincing.
It might be one guy, it might be an entire nation, it might be the whole world. There is going to be SOMEONE out there who agrees with the bad guy in your story. This is because right along with believing something and fighting for it, comes convincing other people that you’re right. Obviously there are some people who will not be convinced, but there’s others who would accept it absolutely and only follow you from then on out. Your villain is going to have to believe that they are genuinely right in order to do this. You can’t always make a rousing speech about something you think is wrong, even if you’re doing it for profit.  People can usually tell.

That being said, using violence is often a very effective way to get someone to at least admit that you’re right.  Don’t be surprised if your villain takes that route.

4. He’s only a villain because he opposes the hero.
Bear in mind that while I’ve talked about using violence to convince people to take a side, fighting passionately about beliefs, and so on and so forth, your villain doesn’t have to be a bad person, a killer, a thief, a devilishly handsome rogue, etc.  All he has to do is stand in the way of the hero, or in some way put the hero in a position which requires action on the hero’s part.  Any political change shows this clearly.  You don’t have to be a bad person to be cast as the antagonist in a story, you just have to disagree. It’s really that easy.

5. A wild soul knows it’s running away.
One kind of villain that I like a lot is the I-Work-Alone-And-For-My-Own-Profit type of guys. I couldn't think of one word to sum up the broad category this creates, but you get the idea.  Assassin-for-hire, smuggler, societal outcast, you name ‘em. These guys may not be fighting for what they believe in, but they certainly believe their life is the best they can do at the moment.  Maybe their biggest dream is to sleep on a bed of money or just stay out of prison, but whatever it is, they probably decided long ago that what they’re doing is the best way to achieve that goal. Your hero can’t waltz in and expect them to fully integrate back into society, and they’re not going to fall down and accept that piracy isn’t a good thing.  Even if they claim not to want the life they’re living, deep down inside of them they believe it’s the only way to go.  Whether it’s because they’ve been hurt in the past or are just really selfish, characters like that still hold beliefs and very rarely let go of them.

6. If someone knows they’re bad, but haven’t changed, why would they?
In the first point I acknowledged that there were indeed villains who delight in being evil.  There are people who just love to pick a fight. Thing is, these people are even worse.  Not because they believe something, but because they enjoy opposition. It takes a lot for these people to change for the better, and they can often be some of the most ruthless villains.  Not only that, but there’s a good chance these guys will refuse to change and brutally destroy your hero inside and out, twice, slowly. And then they’ll bring them back to life and do it again just for the heck of it.

7. Twisted people exist, and can justify their actions.
Some of these cheery rays of sunshine fit under number six. People who find pleasure in seeing the agony of their foes are not characters to be ignored or excluded. But there are others who, because of a mental illness or other flaw, justify their actions to the point of insanity. These villains can reason themselves out of anything, and make a mass killing seem like the only sensible thing to do in that situation. Insane characters are very real, and in my opinion, the most terrifying.

So there you have it!  Try putting yourself in your villain’s shoes.  Work out their thought processes, their beliefs, and their reasoning, however dark.  Make them believable in every way possible. Do you risk your character siding with your antagonist?  Absolutely. But that’s a good thing!  It means you’ve created a well-developed villain with a deep set of beliefs, and that they themselves are completely convinced they’ve found the truth.  In fact, a character who does that is scarier than the flat, only-there-to-fight-the-hero, single-use Bad guy. Someone with their own agenda and the willingness to fight mercilessly for that same agenda is incredibly realistic, and thoroughly terrifying. Giving yourself the ability to work out and see from the villain’s perspective will create a much deeper character than what you might have had previously.

Have fun creating The Most Terrifying and Twisted Dark Person On the Planet!


It was a pleasure to have you on my blog Grace for this brilliant and insightful post into villains. Make sure to visit Grace's blog and add her on goodreads and tell us in the comments what you think makes a villain great and recommend us some books with well developed villains.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

CAMP NANOWRIMO AND WRITING SPRINTS

It's time for Camp NaNoWrimo once again and I still haven't decided what I am going to write. I do know that I aim to write 20,000 words but not really sure about what they're going to be about.I would also like to take part in small group twitter sprints, so if anyone is interested in that or knows of any accounts that run them leave a comment with your/their twitter handle or DM me on twitter.If you want to follow my progress you can do so on my twitter as I usually post everyday's word count after I am done for the day. I might also be doing short update posts on the blog as well.If you're going to be taking part in Camp NaNo let me know what you're going to be writing about in the comments.

BROODYBFFS CHALLENGE 4 : SEQUELS


This week I'm going to talk about sequels as it's the challenge given to us by his Broodiness.

What book needs a Sequel?

I am desperate for a sequel of Rainbow Rowell's Carry On. I just want more of that book. It was a lovely read and I fell in love with Baz and so I need more of Baz but that is not the entire story. I need more of Carry On's basic and comic magic, you never knew what the spell was going to entail in that book and whenever I had to stop reading it, I ended up constantly thinking of what was going to happen.

What book sequel is better than the first book?

Every book in the Chronicles of Ixia by Maria V Snyder after Poison Study. Now don't get me wrong, Poison Study was amazing but Maria V Snyder has this thing in the two series I read from her were every book is better than the one previous even though I rated every one of the books I read from her 5 stars.

What's your favorite Sequel?

Anyone that has read almost any of the few blog posts I had this year will know that I can't stop rambling about Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I am utterly in love with The Witchlands series and although I was head over heels for Truthwitch, Windwitch is on a whole other level and I was and still am blown away by true masterpiece that is Windwitch. I am also still trying to process the book I think. I read it twice so far but I need a third re-read soon. I might even re-read Truthwitch again to get everything into place before I write my theories for Bloodwitch, which I believe will be on the same level or even better than Windwitch!!


What's your favorite Sequel?
What book do you think deserves a Sequel?



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Friday, 23 June 2017

BOOK REVIEW #6 - FIRE FALLING (SPOILER FREE)

Genres : YA, High Fantasy, Romance
Series : Air Awakens
My Rating : 



Review


This book was not what I expected at all. Even though it wasn't what I expected this book to be I was not disappointed at all. In this sequel Elise Kova took her time to do a lot of character building and setup for the books to come but she executed this in the most perfect manner because she didn't make it boring. 

Although the book did not constantly keep you on the edge of your seat there were some very important and action packed chapters. She also setup some back story and a lot was revealed about some side characters' lives and about the Windwalkers. We also get a lot more magic scenes in the first half of the book which teach us about the way magic works.

In the last part of the book the action picks up and the book ends on a huge cliffhanger. 


Extra Info


If I were you I would make sure to have the sequel in hand before finishing Fire Falling because you're going to die from suspense if you can't start reading Earth's End but before you do you also want to subscribe to Elise Kova's newsletter to get the short 42 page ebook for free. She recommends reading the ebook, called Tales from the Front, between book Fire Falling and Earth's End so that is what I'm going to read next. You can sign up for Elise Kova's newsletter here.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

BROODYBFF CHALLENGE 2 : FAVORITE ROMANCE TROPES

I want to start by saying that I don't think I have ever read a true romance book, mostly I read fantasy books with romance being one of the sub genres it falls into. 

My favorite Romance trope is when the main character is totally oblivious of the fact that someone else is being romantic with them and sometimes even that they are reciprocating the romantic feelings. Although this trope does get annoying sometimes when it goes on for almost the entire book, it can also be really enjoyable. 

I think the best example of this is in the Air Awakens series. I love the way it was written and how Vhalla is totally oblivious even though it goes on for quite a while. It keeps you on the edge because she's so close to admitting her romantic feelings and that someone else has romantic feelings for her but she takes so long. But it was still very enjoyable because of the way it was written, that it always keeps you on the edge of your seat.


What is your favorite romance trope?





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