Everybody loves a hero. If you’ve hung around here long enough, you’ll have heard me say that a dozen times already. But heroes – no matter how much we love them – are often predictable. Something that’s the result of a soft heart and too much halo polishing. If you want to get your hero into ship shape, this book is wicked… *cough*. Moving on. After years of villain worship and intensive study and deconstruction of all the villains I can find, I’m sad to say it’s rare for me to find a villain that gives me a case of the tinglies, but Villainelle – the villainous minx – did just that. If you want to create killer villains then have a look at these tactics the writers of Killing Eve employed. [Read more…] about Create Killer Villains: Lessons From Villainelle
I confess… Instead of reading the half dozen books I already have on the go, I accidentally (ok, on purpose) opened a guilty pleasure novel. And no, that’s not a sexual reference, you filth-bag, I meant my fave genre – YA fantasy).
Because it’s my genre I took the opportunity to research. I never read a book without taking a lesson from it.
This time I learnt all about the character arc and one awesome method for achieving the perfect curve! The book I read: Frostbite by Richelle Mead (part of the Vampire Academy series), used an awesome technique in which to perfect that arc – Lies. [Read more…] about Lies – 5 Tips to Master The Perfect Character Arc