Bullies, Bastards and Bitches How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction

ISBN-10: 1582974845

ISBN-13: 9781582974842

Edition: 2008

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Description: Strong core fiction-writing topic--books on writing and developing characters continue to remain bestsellers year after year (Writer's Guide to Character Traits, over 20,000 sold) First book to comprehensively cover antagonists Includes exclusive content for children's writers, including concrete tips for finding an appropriate balance between scary and too scary A hero without adversity is just a person, and stories without bad guys simply don't exist. From unlikable protagonists and dark heroes to bullies and mischief makers to villains and arch nemeses, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches shows writers how to create nuanced, three-dimensional bad guys who are indispensable to the stories in which they appear. Through detailed instruction and examples from contemporary bestsellers and classic page-turners, this book delineates the moral continuum of protagonists and antagonists; explores the connections between opposition, adversity, and evil; and illuminates a bad guy's many purposes in a successful story. Morrell also explores the rise in popularity of anti-heroes, how anti-heroes possess some of the same qualities of villains but with the soul of a hero, and how these complicated characters reflect contemporary society.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

As a writing instructor for more than 15 years, Jessica Morrell reaches thousands of writers through her popular Writing Life Web site, her blog, and her monthly e-newsletter with 2,000 subscribers. In addition, she is a writing coach and developmental editor, and writes a monthly column for the Willamette Writers newsletter. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Preface
Primal Fears
Unforgettable
The Case of the Unlikeable Protagonist
Bastards: Anti-Heroes
Dark Heroes and Bad Boys
Antagonists: Bullies and Mischief Makers
Bad to the Bone: Villains
Sociopaths: Ice in Their Veins
Matching Wits: Heroes vs. Villains
Sympathy for the Devil
Bitches: Dangerous Women
Monsters, Creatures, and Lost Souls
Bad Guys for Younger Readers
Questions for Bad Guys
Index
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