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

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Writer's Digest Books, Jul 28, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 296 pages
22 Reviews
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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An excellent writing advice book. - Goodreads
Great ideas on writing bad guys, monsters and villains. - Goodreads
This is an awesome book for anyone writing fiction. - Goodreads
It is also written by a good writing teacher. - Goodreads

Review: Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction

User Review  - Jenna - Goodreads

I love the idea of this book. Villains, antiheroes, and antagonists are some of my favorite characters. In reading this book, though, I found it a little difficult to get through. Sections of it were ... Read full review

Review: Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction

User Review  - Rita Bailey - Goodreads

Bullies, Bastards and Bitches is a The Bible of writing bad boy (and girl) fiction. Not a quick read, Morrell's book gives detailed instruction with examples from contemporary and classic fiction. No ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Primal Fears
5
Unforgettable
12
The Case of the Unlikeable Protagonist
25
Bastards AntiHeroes
50
Dark Heroes and Bad Boys
73
Antagonists Bullies and Mischief Makers
98
Bad to the Bone Villains
119
Matching Wits Heroes vs Villains
174
Sympathy for the Devil
197
Bitches Dangerous Women
215
Monsters Creatures and Lost Souls
243
Bad Guys for Younger Readers
268
Questions for Bad Guys
288
Index
291
Copyright

Sociopaths Ice in Their Veins
151

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About the author (2008)

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
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