July 7th, 2010


Understanding WHY Something Wicked This Way Comes . . .

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: your antagonist cannot be bad just because you need tension in your story. Evil does not birth from nothing. Even Satan (Lucifer, Belzebub, Dark Angel, whatever you call him) has reasons for what he does.  He got mad at God for spoiling all his fun, stifling his power, and showing favoritism to man. So he did what any celestial being would do when s/he doesn’t get their way . . . he rebelled against the system. See? If Mr. Baddy can have reasons underlying his debauchery, surely the character you create in your mind has a reason.


Not to mention the fact there is a TON of psychological research that tells us what factors lead to  . . . unsavory, evil, callous behaviors. And before I talk about those factors I want to say this: fear makes good people do bad things. (Jealousy and envy top the list of fears.) Left unattended, fear can grow deep and aggressive like roots of a weeping willow. (Willow’s roots LOVE water, seek it. If planted near residential areas, the roots bust into waterlines, septic tanks, anything with a water supply. In short, they muck things up.)


Now back to the psychological risk factors for a wrongdoer:



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Question . . .

Okay, I just came across this lovely post on Agent Kristin's blog (Pub Rant). Apparently a publishing company is requiring ALL writers who work with them to show a receipt of recent book purchases.  Seriously. Go check it out.


Apparently, the average person only reads 2-3 books a year. Huh? What's this?  Blasphemy.  What do people do in their spare time? Watch TV? Play video games?  Jeez. I think I know two, maybe three, of these so called average folks.  And I know A LOT of people. This means that I am surrounded by ravenous readers (a.k.a. outliers). Or I think I am. So LJ Flisters, it's confession time. How many books do you read in a year. I'll go first.  *Clears throat* Hello, I am Tracy Dickens and I read, on average, 5 books a month. So that is  . . . *looks at fingers* . . . erm . . . 60 books a year. Oh and I just looked at my calendar and I've already read 45 books this year."  Okay, your turn . . .

How many books do you read in a year?