Friday, June 22, 2018

Villains - Part 2

by Elva Cobb Martin

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself as you create a memorable villain like Petro in the Netflix series, Kurt Seyit and Sura.

What one or two positive traits does your villain possess?
 Petro is the perfect gentlemen on the outside, dresses well,  treats women well.

Maybe your villain is kind to animals or children.
Maybe he/she shows love for a family member, or helps a needy person.
Think of something that might help your readers sympathize early on with the villain.

What negative traits does your villain have?
Petro pretends to be the hero Kurt's best loyal friend, but is really disloyal, a liar, evil plotter, and murderer.

Have you foreshadowed your villain's evil core after showing his positive traits?

Is your villain obsessive compulsive in some way? 
Does he/she have some nasty habits?

What does your villain love or value more than anything?
Petro values position and riches.

What is your villain's goal and motive?
Petro wants to discredit the hero and he wants the heroine for himself.

He is motivated by hate for the hero and a past perceived wrong.

What lie does your villain believe?
Petro believes that if he can destroy Kurt, Sura will fall in love with him.

What has helped you create a good villain? Would love to hear your comments.

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Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site,on Twitter; Facebook;  and Pinterest

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