Villains: The Too Often Forgotten Character

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A poorly developed villain weakens your protagonist as well as the story.

Too many writers spend all of their time on every other aspect of their stories, then write what they consider is the consummate bad guy and wonder why their stories fall flat. They forget that their second-most important character has not been fleshed out enough to create drama for your protagonists.

In this class:

  • We’ll explore degrees of villainy to see what works for your stories.
  • We'll examine four qualities of a Strong Villain.
  • Understand the whys of villains without neutering them.
  • Discover the difference between Villains and Anti-heroes.
  • learn the differences between Sociopaths and Psychopaths.

Remember: Your Protagonist can only be as strong as the villain they face.


Your Instructor


Mary Buckham
Mary Buckham

Hi! I'm Mary Buckham, owner and instructor here at Mary Buckham On Writing. I'm a USA Today Bestselling author who has been fortunate enough over the last ten years to work with thousands of aspiring and published authors, writing in every genre possible, to hone their writing craft skills. And that's what I want to share with you! Learn more about me. Are you ready to take YOUR writing to the next level? Let's get started.


Frequently Asked Questions


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Welcome. This is a place where you'll be understood. A place where you can learn the small tweaks and large ah-ha elements of writing craft. The skills I'll teach you here will last with you a lifetime. And you know what? Those skills go WAY beyond what you're writing today. Stick around awhile, and you'll see. In fact, register for a class right now, and then you'll see how YOUR writing can change!

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