Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction

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Get to Know Your Character's Sinister Side

A truly memorable antagonist is not a one-dimensional super villain bent on world domination for no particular reason. Realistic, credible bad guys create essential story complications, personalize conflict, add immediacy to a story line, and force the protagonist to evolve.

From mischief-makers to villains to arch nemeses, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches shows you how to create nuanced bad guys who ...

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Overview


Get to Know Your Character's Sinister Side

A truly memorable antagonist is not a one-dimensional super villain bent on world domination for no particular reason. Realistic, credible bad guys create essential story complications, personalize conflict, add immediacy to a story line, and force the protagonist to evolve.

From mischief-makers to villains to arch nemeses, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches shows you how to create nuanced bad guys who are indispensable to the stories in which they appear. Through detailed instruction and examples from contemporary bestsellers and classic page-turners, author Jessica Page Morrell also shows you how to:

  • Understand the subtle but key differences between unlikeable protagonists, anti-heroes, dark heroes, and bad boys
  • Supply even your darkest sociopath with a sympathetic attribute that will engage readers
  • Set the stage for an unforgettable standoff between your hero and your villain
  • Choose the right type of female villain—femme fatale, mommy dearest, avenger, etc.—for your story
Bullies, Bastards & Bitches is your all-encompassing bad-guy compendium to tapping into any character's dark side.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582974842
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 327,372
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Jessica Morrell is the author of Between the Lines: Mastering the Subtle Elements of Fiction. She has been teaching writers since 1991 through a variety of venues, including online at iVillage.com. She works as a developmental editor and writing coach working with a variety of fiction writers, and currently writes a monthly column for the Willamette Writers newsletter as well as her own monthly newsletter, The Writing Life.
www.writing-life.com thewritinglifetoo.blogspot.com
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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction Primal Fears 5

Ch. 1 Unforgettable 12

Ch. 2 The Case of the Unlikeable Protagonist 25

Ch. 3 Bastards: Anti-Heroes 50

Ch. 4 Dark Heroes and Bad Boys 73

Ch. 5 Antagonists: Bullies and Mischief Makers 98

Ch. 6 Bad to the Bone: Villains 119

Ch. 7 Sociopaths: Ice in Their Veins 151

Ch. 8 Matching Wits: Heroes vs. Villains 174

Ch. 9 Sympathy for the Devil 197

Ch. 10 Bitches: Dangerous Women 215

Ch. 11 Monsters, Creatures, and Lost Souls 243

Ch. 12 Bad Guys for Younger Readers 268

App Questions for Bad Guys 288

Index 291

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    I have guy

    Theres a guy thats really mean to us good children and tween. There is a guy and two girls. 11 yrs 7yrs and 9 yrs. We are innocent kids. He is a bad guy. The owner is somebody we cant say who it is. He let us in a special guest room then the bad guy said no!!!!!!!"!! Grrrrrrrrr. We fought back and got the room back. For 10 seconds!!!!!! So now were here posting this on my nook!!!!! TWEEN OUT!!!!!!

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