Craft

Underutilization of Villains

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Since I’m still out of town and short on time, I’m doing reruns the next couple of days, highlighting some of my older posts. *** I am fascinated with villains. It fits in neatly with my love of psychological profiling. Villains are far more interesting on that front. I won’t say that I love them […]

Musings

Antagonist Procrastination

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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 […]

Musings

Stubborn Villains

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I’m having a fight with my villain at the moment. It’s one of those circumstances where I know his goal, his motivation, and his conflict.  I know everything he does for the entire story and why he does it.  I know the fall out and consequences from all those actions. But the bloody, stubborn man […]

Musings

Suspense/Thrillers vs. Whodunits

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As I was watching last week’s DVRed episode of Castle, I got to thinking about how one of the primary differences between suspense/thriller type mysteries and more classic whodunits is the type of antagonist.  Suspense/thrillers seem to so often have serial killers or serial offenders of some type at their core.  I won’t risk saying […]

Musings

I’m Sick And Twisted…

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In the midst of all the frantic work to write and put together my abnormal psych class the last 3 and a half weeks, I’ve been working as much as possible on the plotting front, and as I’ve already mentioned, Pot and I have been doing character interviews.  Mostly I’ve focused on Marley and Conall, […]