This article is another guest post from author and former WriteAtHome writing coach, David Sims. The series discusses the common characteristics of great stories.
A word about the Hero in the beginning.
In a novel there are obstacles — tangible ones such as icebergs, aliens, a powerful lost Ark, fairy tale creatures invading Shrek’s swamp, or the Mafia. But there are also inner conflicts within the Hero which affect the outer conflict.
We’ve talked about things like what makes a good Hero, what makes a good Nemesis, and how they work together to make a story that fits in the classic style popular the world over, so now let’s see how such a story is actually structure.
Last week we looked at the Nemesis, or Evil One in broad outline. This week let’s take a look at some of the traits that go into a well-constructed bad guy: