WRITING WITHOUT PRONOUNS TO DESCRIBE MY VILLAiN….DO WHAT?!
At times, depending on the story, giving away whether the villain of the story is a he/she gives away the opportunity of figuring out who actually did it.
Be mindful of not forgetting that our readers should be able to identify and attach their own meaning to the trials of our characters. At times, diving into the mind of revenge, we forget that we don’t want our readers to have knowledge of our characters gender. (Again, in some instances.)
We want our readers to focus on our BRILLIANT plot!
Best selling author Dan Brown, believes in writing our villain first, before the hero, because the villain is the one who drives our hero to be heroic. He continues by saying that the best villains are connected to the hero. They aid in the hero’s character development. Every villain believes that they are the hero of their own story. We have to make the reader understand what exactly has driven our villain to do what they have done. Our favorite villains possess the qualities that we love to hate!
DID YOU, WHILE WRITING YOUR FIRST BOOK, STRUGGLE WITH NOT EXPOSING THE GENDER OF YOUR VILLIAN? WE WANT TO KNOW!