Monday, June 23, 2008

But Seriously, Villainy

(My humble apologies to all of you on dial-up. Today's post is *very* visual...)

I'm working hard out (full-throttle, as it were) trying to finish the last edits after the MAJOR rewrite. In the meantime, I figured I'd give you folks a little frippery, a tiny something to amuse and confuse.
Then I realized, there's actual, solid, good advice here, both positive and negative, for writing your villains. Or is that just me?

As always, take what you like and leave the rest...

IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR VILLAINS


Do:
Do Not:
Do:Do Not:Do:

Do Not:
Do:
Do Not:

Do:

Do Not:And Lastly, DO:And Do NOT:

16 comments:

elizaw said...

This is great! :D I've been running a 'Villain Month' writer's event on my journal... I'm highly tempted to link to this.

Steve Malley said...

Elizaw, be my guest, link away. You've got a pretty nifty journal going yourself! :)

Lisa said...

This is great. I don't have any villains in my WIP, but I may have to rethink that and throw in one or two now!

I tagged you for a meme, so if you need a break, it's a quick post that doesn't demand any deep thought -- or you can not do it -- or save it for a rainy day. ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

My God, my eyes are still burning from that Darth Vader pastel outfit. I think my insides have turned outside in, or inside up, or aroundside back, or something.

Steve Malley said...

Lisa, I accept your meme and urge you to consider a good villain.

After all, The Great Gatsby had that thing with the sharks, and To the Lighthouse was *so* much better with that secret volcano lair!

Charles, glad I could help...

Bernita said...

Teriffic!
Oh God, yes!
My villain is invisible for most of the book but constantly referred to. Everyone thinks he's dead.
Heh, heh!

SQT said...

The only villainess that needs to be in that picture is Mystique. ;)

Steve Malley said...

Bernita, Brilliant way to amp up the villain-menace! HIGH NOON does that, over an hour of the townspeople saying 'you know what kind of man he is' and 'you know what he's capable of'. Works a charm!

Come to think of it, worked a charm for Harry Potter, too...

SQT, I hope Mystique likes that coffee mug I got her last Christmas. It says 'Variety is the Spice of Life'!

Riss said...

This is freakin' hilarious! I know I poison albinos on a regular basis. Speaking of which, i saw a picture of an albino squirrel...

anyway...great post. Pretty pictures (eyes glaze over).

Steve Malley said...

Hey Riss, thanks for stopping by. I liked your blog too!

SzélsőFa said...

Heee:)
That was funny!
I'm not writing about villains, but who knows?
These advice might come handy anytime.

Lana Gramlich said...

*LOL* Thanks so much for this today! I needed that laugh. :) The pink Darth Vader is just sooooo bad! Like Darth Britney or something!

cs harris said...

Great post! I needed a laugh. And as always, the insight is spot on!

etain_lavena said...

sooooo funny, love it:)

HUGZ

Steve Malley said...

Szelsofa, you never know...

Lana, glad I could give you a laugh. I love Darth Britney's Hello Kitty breastplate!

CS, glad you enjoyed it. You could use a little fun and distraction.

Etain! *Always* a pleasure!

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