Today's post is not an original, but this find was just too good to not share. It may be a silly article, but you could easily use an idea from this guys list to create a villain that isn't cliché and at the same time keep them from making stupid bad guy mistakes that drive readers insane. You know the ones. This Evil Overlord List is copyright 1996-1997 by Peter Anspach. If you enjoy it, feel free to pass it along or post it anywhere, provided that (1) it is not altered in a
More than a few times I’ve put a book down because I reached a point―or many points, if I really gave the author a chance―where the author threw a mega-load of information at me all at once. The worst part about it was that it was usually through dialog―a crap ton of dialog, the kind where nothing else is happening―or it was something that the point of view character was thinking about which basically screamed “THIS IS ALL THE STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW TO UNDERSTAND THIS STORY”.
The first time I saw Jackie shoplifting was at Target in the downtown Dallas shopping center in 1999. I was fourteen and she was thirteen, but whenever people saw us together, they always thought Jackie was older. She was taller than me (she grew to be 5 feet, 8 inches whereas I stayed 5 feet, 2 inches) and she liked to wear jewelry and makeup. By the time I was sixteen and she was fifteen, she had a fake ID, but she never once got carded. At the time, she wasn’t trying to ge