I really enjoy writing my villains. I can channel my dark side and it helps me think about character motivation far more than I do for the protagonist.
Because the villain is the hero of their own story, and their reasons for destroying the world (in my books) needs to be convincing.
In today’s article, Sacha Black gives some tips on how to write a convincing villain.
Writers have a habit of worshipping their heroes. I know I do. It tends to be the first character we create when we start a new project, and that’s for a reason; our hero saves the day, and usually, that’s who the story is about.