You Need A Good Idea

I don’t mean one someone would want to read before you write it. Those ideas are fine, too, but not mandatory. But, I mean, not one without any plot* Here’s a suggestion: think it over. I know, it’s THAT simple!

*see Mangobook

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Writing is awesome.

Haven’t you noticed :)? I have. From planning a plot to “The End” your characters stick right with you! I must thank my main character for not getting fed up with my continuous plot changes and characters getting added, deleted and edited (not saying she didn’t get fed up at all) to the point where my plot was miles away from where it started!

Oh, look. The Zemata (don’t blame me if I spelled it wrong) finding editor is finally working! Yay! Not that I even want to use it!!!!

Okay people: Just to get things straight, I haven’t just finished my book like you may think. I just thought up a new scene! Oh no, now my main character has an evil look on her face. AAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!

Bye!

The Protagonist isn’t always the Main Character

A main character, and a protagonist are NOT the same…all the time.Believe it. A main character is the center point of your book. The Protagonist is the main non-evil person of the book. Of course, the Protagonist is sometimes the main character, sometimes. Continue reading

The MAIN Antagonist…

main-(MAIN) (adj)1. of highest importance or the common part (mainland) The main point -mainly, main

… a.k.a. s/he who does not change. The villain is the character who you plan and write, no detours! (Meaning that you don’t plan some complex scene in which your main antagonist begs for mercy and becomes one of the “good guys” of the story-unless you want to disappoint your readers. I love hating villains, and, honestly, I’ll put the book in which the above happens down in disgust as I find it very difficult to process that the main antagonist is no longer evil and I… well, you get the point.)

See here to read more on villains.

Do you get the point?

Good. Make the villain’s assistant the traitor.

Now give them a reason to betray.

If you’ve already sent the book in which the above happens out to publishers and it’s published (or in the pile, waiting to be published) tough luck on revising it.

Are you writing a book? Well… If you’re writing a book, you haven’t introduced your villain yet, and are still planning the villain out, you have hope.

About the editing-the-scene-so-the-assistant-betrays-the-villain-instead-of-the-villain-betraying-the-assistant part.

If you’ve made a big deal about, like “the green haired villain will set aside control of the kingdom of her home to help the brave souls who dared intrude upon her kingdom of wonderfully bright, and shiny mowed lawns” and your main antagonist has green hair (and is the only one with it), then change “green” to the color of the assistant’s hair.”The blond haired villain will set aside control of the kingdom of her home to help the brave souls who dared intrude upon her kingdom of wonderfully bright. and shiny mowed lawns” could be there instead. Or brown hair, black hair, red hair, whatever.

Now that you have all this down, you should write her/him a scene.

Maybe five pages, not much. When you’re finished, read it over and edit and revise it. Finally, give it to someone who’s opinion you trust. Ask them what was good and what was bad. Etc.

Maybe write another page. Keep adding until (maybe) you have a whole chapter.

I once read a book in whicvh the advice I advised in this post was misused. Guess they didn’t listen to me!

Making Villains Completely Despicable

Here is how to write a good villain:

  1. If you want a good book, don’t make your main antagonist secretly non-evil. If someone was writing a book where the villain’s assistant was the secretly non-evil one, this paragraph would make sense (Bobby is the assistant, Jayda is the villain, Emma is the main protagonist):      Emma gasped when she saw Bobby. “What are you doing here?” she asked suspiciously. Bobby smiled weakly. “Err…”Emma gave him the evil eye “You little–” “Emma!” said Bobby. “It’s Jayda…” In the plot, Bobby having told her what evil plots Jayda was up to. If it had been Jayda revealing her plots, that would take away a layer of greatness the story may once have had.
  2. Give them a certain trait. You might get it from yourself (maybe the main villain is like someone you know and dislike) or a trait you dislike in people.
  3. Plan their evil act.
  4. Write a scene with them in it and have someone read it. It doesn’t matter who, just someone whose opinion you trust (your sister, your niece, your friend Jo)and have them rate your villain. If they say something like, “Who’s the villain in this?” then you know you need to re-make that villain.
  5. Even if your scene got good results, don’t stop. That’s probably a scene you’d been planning, so write down some information about your villain so you have a resource when you’re writing other scenes.