Writing Skills

2021 ISSUE 01: Survival 

Constructing Compelling Characters: How to Write a Good Villain

Villains often have complex experiences and challenges that drive their behaviour.

The best villains aren’t the ones that just appear onscreen spewing destruction. Just like the protagonists, the antagonists in our essays need to have understandable motives, be interesting and clearly described in order for the essay to succeed. Let’s learn from the triumphs and failures of familiar onscreen Marvel villains to construct our own bad guys.

STEP 01
Give your character understandable motives to help readers relate. A very relatable character might even make us realise we may act the same if we were in his shoes.
STEP 02
Develop different sides to your character to make him/ her interesting. Villains who almost have the potential to be good keep us on the edge.
STEP 03
Ensure your character actions and descriptions actually contribute to your story to provide clarity and avoid causing confusion
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STEP 01
Give your character understandable motives to help readers relate. A very relatable character might even make us realise we may act the same if we were in his shoes
STEP 02
Develop different sides to your character to make him/ her interesting. Villains who almost have the potential to be good keep us on the edge
STEP 03
Ensure your character actions and descriptions actually contribute to your story to provide clarity and avoid causing confusion
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