Just a note:

This blog isn't meant to teach you anything, but I hope you'll have some fun reading it; I think I'll have fun writing it. I'll be posting bits of writing, like short stories and articles. Maybe some help for aspiring writers, a few tips and such. Also there will be journal entries and clips of conversation from the various characters in my books. So if you like the characters in my book, Cherished Preserver, stop by to get the inside scoop on their lives. Above all, enjoy!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Think Twice Before Axing a Good Bad Guy

Ah, villains, we all love them.  We all love to hate them.  The big question is: Do we kill them off at the end of the story or not???

Well, the answer is:  You can if you want to, but you don't exactly have to.  I know that is rather vague, but it's true.  According to many of the writing books and articles I've read, even certain genres, such as mystery, don't actually require the demise of the villain you so artfully crafted.  The rules of the mystery genre only state that their needs to be closure between your hero and your villain.  So you can have your main character do him or her in if it suits your story, or you can simply have the bad guy brought to justice. After all, there may be some redeeming quality in the fellow.

So, just write what comes naturally for your particular story and characters, and don't forget that sequel!!  You just spent oodles of time making up the best of villains, and if you off the guy how can he come back stronger than ever in your next book??


  1. Really good article! I agree that you need to think twice before killing a villain. And if you do, than you need to prepare the ground for the villain in the second book by showing hints in the first. I don't think there's any hard and fast rules about when and when not to kill a villain in genres. I mean, Holmes and Morarity were chasing each other for years and he was never really brought to justice until Holmes killed him himself. But villains make the story, dear writers in training. A good hero needs a really evil villain to back him up. Take my book, Freedom Come All Ye (shamelessly plugging)

  2. That's so true, Hazel. It seems the better the hero, the more evil the villain. Thanks for writing.