Feature Friday: I Need a Hero/ Villain/ Sidekick.

There’s been some discussion going about my social media regarding villains. I don’t write villains. I’ve never written a villain (no, not even Ellie the Evil Queen is a villain). Here’s why: a good villain isn’t a villain; they are the foil to your hero. A good villain, in another book, might be your hero. I also don’t write sidekicks. Sidekicks have their own story going on. That story is every bit as important as the heroes story. Just don’t tell the hero. Sidekicks tend to be a lot lower on the ego scale than heroes. Take a look at your WIP. If you’re writing a romance, you may not┬áhave a villain, but you’ll still have a foil to your main character. Look carefully at your villain/antagonist, love interest(s), and sidekicks. Do they have a backstory? It doesn’t need to be in the story, but you need to know a little bit about them. Do you know their personality type or motivations? If Myers-Briggs is too much, do a simple zodiac bit or a character archetype. Then do a little twist so the character isn’t just a stock character. (I hate stock characters.) If you’ve ever played at tabletop gaming,…