How to Create a Villain for Your Story

Julia Gousseva, College Teacher, Writer

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13 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:11
    • 2. Defining a Villain

      4:21
    • 3. Villain Archetypes

      2:24
    • 4. The Accidental Villain

      3:31
    • 5. The Purposeful Villain

      2:03
    • 6. The Unexpected Villain

      1:57
    • 7. The Over-the-Top Villain

      1:26
    • 8. The Mundane Villain

      1:31
    • 9. Villain Exercise #1

      1:59
    • 10. Villain Exercise #2

      1:09
    • 11. Villain Exercise #3

      1:10
    • 12. Villain Exercise #4

      3:42
    • 13. Conclusion

      0:17

Project Description

Your project is to do one or more Create a Villain Exercises discussed in this class.

Exercise #1: Get the villain involved in the story more.

Find five ways and times when your protagonist will directly interact with your villain. Write a scene showing one of these interactions.

Exercise #2: Avoid a stereotype.

(1) Define your villain. List five stereotypes for that type.

(2) Find one way in which your villain is the exact opposite of the stereotype and write a scene showing this opposite quality.

Exercise #3: Avoid a “pure evil” villain.

Create four actions that will make your villain warm and sympathetic. Use them in scenes in your story.

Exercise #4: Make your villain more believable (and more frightening) by providing justification for his/her actions.

(1) Find a passage from theology, philosophy, or folk wisdom that supports your villain’s outlook. Use it in a scene.

(2) In what way does your protagonist agree with your villain? Show it in a scene.

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