on Jami Gold site:
Our stories are unique. Sometimes our antagonists are faceless (force of nature or bad circumstances), sometimes our characters are their own worst enemy, and sometimes our protagonist is up against someone out to harm them.
But even if our story needs a villain actively working against our characters, we still have choices. Some stories require our villain to be a good person on a bad path with a chance at redemption, and some require a villain more touched by evil.
Depending on our villain, the psychology we use to create our character changes. If our character feels no remorse, shame, or guilt throughout the story, it wouldn’t be realistic—from a psychological perspective—to show them suddenly change due to “the power of love.”
To help us avoid those types of mistakes, Kassandra Lamb is back with Part Two of her Psychopaths, Sociopaths and Other Bad Guys and Gals post. In Part One last week, she explained the psychological spectrum of bad guys. Today, she’s sharing 8 “do’s and don’ts” to help us create our villains.