Okay, okay, it’s a weird post title, I know. I’m NOT saying that if someone has a mental illness, they’re a villain. But, I’m going to discuss how mental illnesses can affect your villain, for the better or the worse.
A word of caution: I don’t recommend writing a villain with a mental illness unless you’ve had experience, done tons of research, or have talked to someone who is knowledgeable about the mental illness that you are considering giving to your villain.
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s see how mental illnesses affect villains.
Obviously, something is a little off in the head of a villain if they’re a villain. But sometimes, it’s a little more than being “a bit off.” Out of curiosity, I started researching Continue reading
I‘m an INTJ, and I know several people who are INTJs. I like to think I know a bit about this topic. (Note, even if you aren’t interested in typing your characters, this may be helpful for any villain.)
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Myers-Briggs testing, INTJs are known as the planners, strategists, and brilliant masterminds. Consequently, they are often portrayed as the villain in fiction when they appear. INTJs tend to express little emotion, and their logic is nearly flawless, but why always put him/her in the antagonist’s role? People often place the INTJ as the antagonist in their story. This is wrong. In the classic novel, there is a corrupted mastermind who plans world domination, or something equally damaging, like cutting in line for coffee. Along comes a rookie, who knows nearly nothing about the destroying-evil villains process, (Or how long the guy has waited for everyone to look in a different direction,) and they find a flaw in the antagonist’s plan. Ka-boom, brilliant mastermind with years of experience defeated by a novice. (At the very least, the INTJ has to wait his turn in line for coffee.) Continue reading
It’s been a while, but here we go again! This time I decided to go slightly zany. Then again, most everything is a little zany around here, so there is not much difference. 🙂 Continue reading
Superpowers are cool. And overused. I scoured the inter web for this list of little-known superpowers that will always be cool. (You’re welcome.)
So, you all probably know that a post of a similar name was already written: A List of the Lesser Known Superpowers. However, that post has since become the most popular Continue reading
So…. Wysteria from headintheclouds913.wordpress.com wrote a guest post on my blog, (Which you can find here) so I wrote one on her cool blog! (Find that one HERE!)
Someone once told me: “Premise is what makes me pick up the book and start reading. Plot is what makes me continue reading. But the characters are the ones that make me pick up the book and read it over again.” You could have an awesome plot complete with unicorns, a thieving dragon, high-tech computers, and coffee, but if you don’t have in depth characters, no one is going to care. I wrote a little about this here.
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I was very happy when I discovered my personality type. For one thing, it showed that I was rare, (Less than one percent are women, and sometimes thought to be the rarest of all) It also showed that I wasn’t totally alone in my adverseness to hug-y people. Points to whoever can guess what type I am. (Scroll to find out) The questions is: Should you type your characters? First off, what is MBTI? Continue reading
I find that it is very hard to think of original names for series. Like Percy– oh no, can’t use him. (You thought “Jackson,” didn’t you?) Or Alyss–nice spelling, but used too. (The Ranger’s Apprentice) I’ve made a handy list of some of my favorite names. Obviously, some will have been used before, but not in super well-known series. Hopefully they will inspire you! Continue reading
Have you ever taken clean sheets out of the dryer and ran with them around the house like a cape? Superpowers are always a subject that is written about constantly, but I’m getting a little tired of the normal superpowers. Flight, strength, etc. So, you can reference this helpful list to see what else you can do! (gif credit: google, not sure originally) Continue reading
Well, looky here! It’s something new, something that you haven’t seen before! People sometimes struggle with writing original characters. To help you (and me…) I came up with the idea of character prompts. If you search, you’ll find a couple, but nothing very interesting. Continue reading
Read these two paragraphs.
“She finished with a solid landing for a very high score. At the end of her routine, Cari Jenkins flipped her curly brown hair. She smiled triumphantly, nodded to the judges, and walked off the mat.”
Did you read it? Okay, now imagine Cari as she is driving home– Continue reading