From The Write Practice Blog, Advice on Creating Good Bad Guys

The most important character in your story is the villain. If you find that your story is lacking something, you probably don’t have to look any further than the opposition. If your hero doesn’t have much to overcome, he can’t be much of a hero. The greater the evil he faces, the greater your protagonist will be. Even in stories of man against nature, it can’t just be any storm, it has to be the Perfect Storm. See what I mean? Click below for some great ways to make your opposition more effective–and more original.

50 Shades of Villain: How to Characterize Without Cliché.


Create Conflict with Action

Make your character commit to action. Read why this is important and how to do it in Kristen Lamb’s blog.

Would You Rather? An Exercise in Creating Max Conflict in Fiction | Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

From Editor and Author Cheryl Klein: A Plot Checklist for Revision

I’m putting together materials for our local SCBWI group’s April Revision Workshop. One of my favorite revision gurus is Cheryl Klein. If you don’t already have it, pick up a copy of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. Until it arrives, or even if you already have it, download this helpful plot checklist. The site even has a Word template! » Plot Checklist.

Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel—Structure Part One « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Here’s a great blog that addresses the knottiest problems for writers. This post is the first in a series of four about structuring a novel. Together, they comprise a class in writing a solid piece of fiction that will be fun to read and generate sales. These articles are about storytelling. When you have time, read them, and follow Kristen Lamb’s blog. It’s an act of generosity.

Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel—Structure Part One « Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

QueryTracker Blog: Villains: The Guys You Love To Hate

If your story had been called “slight” or you have writer’s block, take a good hard look at the opposition you have set up for your main character. Villains are important. If your character wants something, and nobody stands in his way, where’s the story? The more powerful the opposition, the better the tale. For more information about this vital element in your story, read today’s article from the Query Tracker blog.

QueryTracker Blog: Villains: The Guys You Love To Hate.