Villains Are the Real Heroes

We love our heroes and heroines, but a well-constructed villain is a truly beautiful thing. Not only do they provide the central conflict of the book, but they can create conflict within us. They can make us think doing something terrible for a very good reason is an admirable thing. They make us question our own beliefs. They might even haunt our dreams. 

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3 Things You Can Do To Go Beyond Basic World Building

When people talk about their favorite books, they often mention that the author created a great world. When creating a world in your book or series – whether it is an alien planet or a small town in Wyoming – everyone knows the big things you have to include. We think about the history of a place and the mythology or religion that informs the belief system there. We know there is a government of some sort, law enforcement, and certain rules that everyone lives by.

So how do you take it further? How do you create a world that readers want to come back to over and over again?

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