8 Tips for Creating a Villain8 Tips for Creating a Villain
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Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 3.1 “Villains”
"The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight.
Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.
What do I fear? Myself? There’s none else by.
Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.
Is there a murderer here? No. Yes, I am.
Then fly! What, from myself? Great reason. Why:
Lest I revenge. Myself upon myself?
Alack, I love myself. Wherefore? For any good
That I myself have done unto myself?
O no, alas, I rather hate myself
For hateful deeds committed by myself.
I am a villain."
-Shakespeare "Richard III"
Perhaps the mo
The Hero's Journey WorkshopEver heard of the Hero's Journey? Confused by the mythological-sounding terms? Never fear! This article will provide you with a basic understanding of the origin, concept, and use of the Hero’s Journey in modern storytelling.
What Is the Hero’s Journey?
Originally proposed by an American mythological researcher named Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey is an all-embracing metaphor for the deep inner journey of transformation that heroes from all eras seem to share. Years of research lead Campbell to discover several basic stages that almost every hero endures regardless of origin or culture. He called this common structure the “monomyth.” In his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell explained:
"A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatu