As you begin to think about writing the perfect villain in your story, consider your favorite villains in literature, movies, or TV. What stands out about their personality and behavior? Are they sneaky, a liar, do they crave power, or are they simply oozing evil?
Also, have you noticed lately that writers, especially in TV, are trying to show us a villain’s backstory. These villains are never born evil. They become villains because of a specific circumstance. These writers are showing us a villain’s motivation behind their wicked behavior.
So, now let’s think about the biggest bully in your life. Maybe this “villain” is bullying you because of your appearance or social status. What stands out about their personality or behavior? Have they betrayed you, lied about you, or bullied you into thinking you’re not worthy?
Being bullied can lead to depression and living in a state of constant fear. Bullying is NEVER okay and if you’re being bullied today please tell a trusted parent or adult and SEEK HELP RIGHT AWAY. And KNOW that it’s not your fault. There’s nothing anyone can ever do to deserve a relentless bully.
If you’re not in an extreme bullying situation, let’s think for a minute about the biggest bully in your school. Maybe you’re watching someone bully someone else. These bullies didn’t get that way over night. Can you imagine what he/she must be going through at home if they have to be so awful at school?
Or maybe think about the most popular person at school? Could you imagine what they’d feel like if they suddenly weren’t the most popular? I know it may seem like you’re alone in this, but the truth is that everyone has a backstory. And everyone, at times, does feel alone.
This week, write the perfect villain based on a person from your real life. The character can be an exaggeration of a real person. If the villain in your life is being bullied (in private) imagine how they might be different? Write WHY or HOW you think your villain became that way.
Also, before we close today, I wanted to mention an extreme form of bullying that’s called “abuse.” I knew a girl in high school that had been sexually abused by her uncle. If you’re being sexually, physically, or mentally abused today please, PLEASE TELL SOMEONE RIGHT AWAY. Go to a trusted adult. If they don’t help you go to someone else until someone listens. It is NEVER okay to experience these types of abuse.
I hope that you can get started writing the perfect villain for your story. You can still get a free download of my book “Elena Ransom and the Firebird Unit” on my website HERE. The villain in my first book is a common one; he’s a boy in Elena’s class that she just doesn’t like and they really don’t get along. If you’ve read the book and you want to make comments on my website or Facebook that would be awesome. In the meantime, keep writing Epic Inkers and have a great week!
Doing life together, my Epic Inkers…
Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!