- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 58736th edition (July 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781582974842
- ISBN-13: 978-1582974842
- ASIN: 1582974845
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction 58736th Edition
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For me personally, it reminded me of the need to develop the backstory of my antagonist every bit as carefully as for my protagonist. It made me think a bit more about how to handle my "bad guys," as well as my anti-heroes. The one complaint I have about the book is that it gives lots of practical advice -- but which is most directly aimed at writing from a third person point of (POV). I tend to write from the first person POV, which makes discussions of the antagonists' and, say, their flashbacks, inner lives, etc. all but moot for anything other than backstory. I would have appreciated have appreciated something that at least mentioned the 1st person POV and how it impacts some of the points the author raised. Still, this is a very good book. If you write crime fiction and/or mysteries, I think this book would be especially valuable. But if you need to breathe some life into your anti-hero or antagonist(s), this book will be helpful, regardless of your genre or writing style.
Writing the hero is often our focus. We need to put the same energy into writing the bad guy - or gal - and this is one of the best resources out there to teach you how to create the most interesting, believable, and entertaining bad guys.
It's also well-written and entertaining on its own. Can't beat that.
I find the questions and development easy to apply to the Good characters. Overall, this is a great book on character depth in general. Very helpful.