Writing Villains 1 – Personal & Obstacle

Did you realize there are many types of villains? Our guest blogger, Benjamin T. Collier, continues with his storytelling tips with this week’s post on Writing Villains 1 – Personal & Obstacle.

“I’m gonna talk about a few different types of villains over the next few posts. But I wanted to start off by addressing one of the most central elements to writing believable villains in the first place – the difference between Personal Villains and Obstacle Villains.”

Personal Villains and Obstacle Villains

“The Antagonist is there to create tension. The hero wants something, and the Antagonist gets in the way or causes a disruption. This is a normal part of story-telling. Where I see writers stumble in this area is when villains are written purely as obstacles and not as people, and I’ll explain why this is troublesome. In stories, obstacles exist for one reason – to be overcome. People exist for countless reasons. The reader knows this, so whenever a character is written as little more than an obstacle, a thing to be hated and overthrown, the reader quickly gets a sense of where the story is going and how it will end up. But when the villain is written as a person, meaning when the character feels like a living, breathing human being with emotions and history and dreams, then suddenly the possibilities become a lot more complex, and the reader has a greater sense of wonder for how things will turn out. There’s more tension.” continue reading on Benjamin’s post …

You can buy Ben’s book, ‘The Storyteller’s Handbook’, on Amazon.

Thank you again for a great lesson in storytelling, Ben.

Happy Writing Everyone,


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