This article is the third in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One and Two may be read here and here. Thus far these posts have focused primarily on the deaths of heroic major and minor characters, with some attention paid to minor villains. The reason this author … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 3: The Case for the Death of the Main Antagonist
This article is the third in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their effects on and their uses in a story. The final part of this series is upon us at last! The title for this article has to be the most confusing one yet for some people. With all … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 3 – Villains: Understanding Their Powers and Their Blind Spots
This article is the second in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their uses in and their effects on a story. Daniel Arenson, author of Earthrise, Kingdoms of Sand, and other series, has several articles on character development on his website. A little while ago, I was reading through and … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 2 – Villains: How Evil Does Your Story Need Them to Be?
This article is the first in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their uses in and their effects on a story. One of the most important things that an author should know in order to write good and even great stories, readers and future writers, is that evil in fact … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 1 – What It Is, and Whether It Is the Fault of Others or the Choice of the Villain
Clint Eastwood once said that you cannot have a story without conflict. Whether your tale has the hero fighting to survive in a hurricane or trying to master his passion for a married woman doesn’t matter. Whether he is dueling with his arch-nemesis or being fired upon by alien crabs intent on turning humans into … Continue reading Conflict – How I Learned the Art of Combat in Fiction from Hasbro’s/Takara Tomy’s ZOIDS