I am supposed to be working on a scene with my villain today. Instead, I’m working with a real life villain in the form of the powerpoints with video that I’m trying to make into a DVD. I’m becoming an expert on free software for video file conversion, editing, merging, etc. FYI, PowerPoint does not embed video. It links to it. If your PowerPoint file and the video you’re linking to are not in the same folder, or if both are buried in a multi folder file structure, PowerPoint gets pissy. Just FYI. But I’m not here to talk about PowerPoint.
Last night, when I finished revising the scene I’ve been working on all week and started blocking out the next one, Pot pointed out that rather than showing the events coming up from Marley or Conall’s perspectives, I should do it from Knox’s. I hate that she’s right about that because I just don’t want to spend time with this guy. It’s not because he’s sick and twisted and scary. I can totally do sick and twisted and scary. In fact, I prefer it to the more run of the mill, Machievellian plotting that this guy is prone to.
I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m so averse to dealing with this guy. Seriously, all the scenes that are supposed to be in his head I’ve either abbreviated or skipped entirely. One of my Twitter pals suggested it’s because he’s not really the villain. I pondered that for about ten minutes, but really, nobody else fits the bill without a massive rewrite and re-envisioning of the plot. So what is it? Does he bore me because he’s NOT the sick, twisted, SOB that I so revel in writing? He’s not a serial killer with a body count in the double digits, so he’s not worth my notice?
Usually I sit down and do these really detailed psychological analyses of my villains. Because of course in the past I was writing romantic suspense and serial killers or arsonists or assasins. I like to write the sort of villains I want to read. Complex and interesting. The kind of villains a lot of writers are afraid to write, either because they are scared to know that they have that sort of darkness inside them or because they simply have a poor understanding of abnormal motivation and chalk such characters up as simply being “evil” (which, FYI, is my number one pet peeve–I can’t tolerate just a simple “he’s evil and that’s why he does x, y, z”. NO! There are always motivations. They may not be normal or sane by our standards, but they exist and you as a writer should know them! Stepping off soap box). I haven’t done any of that with Knox.
Oh I’ve done his GMC chart. I know enough of his backstory to know what’s motivating his current actions. He’s power hungry, a dominant wolf, and he wants what he feels is rightfully his. The old alpha just got in the way. And then Conall goes and gets in the way. Everybody’s in his way. He’s very frustrated by that. But he’s just…not meaty enough for me yet. I don’t want my reader to be bored witih him because I seem to be. So I need to do some more character development with him.
In the meantime, I’m off to check attempt number 4 of this video to see if it works right.