by Collete Jackson Fink
Characters are an important element of a story. No story will ever progress when it does not have any character in it. Heroes, particularly, are the revered characters of most stories.
They are the kind, strong, and smart characters who will brave any challenge and difficulty just to achieve their goals, which are, more often than not, for the good of all.
As equally important as the heroes, however, are the villains. A story that only has heroes and lacks villains has the tendency to be monotonous and dull.
In fantasy fiction, particularly, villains are extremely essential. Villains spice up the story.
They create the conflict that makes the story progress, and they also bring out the best in the heroes.
In order for villains to be truly effective, however, authors need to consider numerous things when crafting them.
Great villains usually possess common traits that set them apart from the badly written ones.
These essential traits of an effective fantasy fiction villain are the keys to creating a compelling and dynamic fantasy fiction story.
If you are an aspiring author who wishes to create a fantasy fiction story with great heroes and interesting villains, then this article may help you in doing so.
Below are some pieces of advice on how to craft effective villains to make your fantasy fiction story more amazing.
Make your villains believable and convincing
When writing fictional characters, you need to keep in mind that they have to be as believable and convincing as possible.
This is ultimately important so as to avoid creating boring and flat characters, which are plain cardboard cutouts. Every character in your story should be relatable.
The situations of your characters should be a reflection of real-life situations. Their actions, thoughts, and motivations should also reflective of what is going to happen in real life.
Villains and heroes should have the same, equal attention when you write your story. These two are essential in building your narrative.
There is no progress in your story when you leave one of them behind.
While your heroes are the main stars of your story, you should not forget to invest some time and effort in establishing your villains.
To make your villains believable and convincing, dedicated a number of pages in your book to telling your readers about the actions and motivations of your villains.
Allow your readers to know and understand where your villains are coming from.
What could have happened in their past that led them to the way they are now? What is the truth behind their actions?
-- these are some of the questions that you need to consider in creating your villains.