Please welcome Donna K. Weaver, author of A Change of Plans!
At the LDStorymakers conference, I attended a class on writing fantasy by Julie Wright - she’s a FUN teacher, and I’ve got a ton of notes.
Julie said something profound that really struck me. It applies to any kind of writing and deals with writing good villains.
The difference between the villain and the hero is that the villain didn't get over his/her trials.
That statement begs for the writer to investigate just what it is the villain didn’t get over which, in turn, has to make the antagonist a deeper, richer character. No hero is perfect. No villain is perfectly evil.
Look at Severus Snape. What a deep and conflicted character. After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released, someone commented to Rowling that Snape turned out to be “good” after all. Rowling’s response? “Do you think Snape was good?”
Doesn’t that perfectly demonstrate the power that comes from creating deep and intriguing characters?
Thank you Donna!