Thursday, April 28, 2011

X is for Xavene

Tall, dark and handsome and ready to take over the world. You remember him?

He's the villain in my fantasy series Alvor and Wings of Light. And soon to be the final book....- well, I'm still working on the title. And some major plot lines. And let's face it, I still have to write it.

But what to call it? My husband said something manly and testosterone-filled. Uhhhm. So that's still under construction.

But let's talk about Xavene. In my story we have a clear bad guy with certain evil objectives. He must be stopped.

Is there anything about Xavene that we like? I hope so. I mean, not only is he brilliant, he once had a serious crush. Someone who is capable of love is capable of some hate issues too. In book two, Wings of Light, I bring out a little of Xavene's past. In the coming book, we're going to see even more of this character. And, as strange as it may seem, I want him to be even more relatable in the final book.

He'll still be the bad guy, but a bad guy with depth. That's something to think about as you're writing.

*Why should the reader care about the villain?
*How well does the reader know the villain?
*Are there ever moments where the reader sympathizes with the bad guy?
*What are some human qualities of the villain?
*What is the motivation behind the villain's goal? Is it worth stopping?

Not all stories have or need a villain. But if your book has one, or two, figure out a way to make that role interesting and three dimensional.

And in other news.... go down to the V is for Valuable post and enter to win some book!


nutschell said...

what a great name for a character! and a good X post.:)
Great meeting you through the A-Z!


Laura said...

X is the hardest letter of the alphabet- there are less than two pages in my dictionary of X words.

Thanks for stopping by!

Miki Juntado said...

I loved Xavene! I've always had a thing for villains with depth, and I'm glad that you covered that on your A-Z. I was actually hoping you'd do villains for your V and I was (partially) disappointed when you didn't. But we got a cool giveaway instead, and now we have the villain post too! I know no regret.

Can't wait to get Wings of Light! I've got the money for it, but it's the convincing my parents that buying it off Amazon is totally safe that has caused the hold up.