Life is filled with conflict: businessman vs. morning traffic, teenager vs. popular crowd, whiny toddler vs. weary mother. Although conflict ranges from mildly irritating to devastating, we come to know these circumstances as villains.
A villain is more than a person. It’s a metaphor, an allegorical figure symbolizing the conflict humankind faces on a daily basis. For example, my favorite villain is Captain Hook. His character is symbolic of the conflict between youth and adulthood. But not every story needs a personified villain, only conflict: man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. self, or a combination of all. In this post, I will be explaining how to properly develop a villain-type character.
Deven Lukes, the main villain from my trilogy (The Prime Way Program: Be the Victor, The Prime Way Program: Just Strength), was originally derived from personal fears. His character is centered on deception, striking at vulnerability, and is completely void of any moral emotion. He is a nightmare, which is why my readers feel a sense of fear towards him. So to develop a villainous character, pick a basic element to act as a foundation, whether a lust for revenge or malicious selfishness. What are you afraid of? Who are you afraid of? Write a list of all your fears and who you want your villain to be. Once you’ve decided the foundation, write a short biography stating their name, looks, and so on.
Deven Lukes is my age, which adds more of a fear-factor to his character. Young readers expect adult villains. There are very few books where the man vs. man conflict comes from a teenager or child. So be creative and original! There are no boundaries when writing!