By guest poster Lisa Alber on Writer Unboxed 4/16/2014
I once had a wise-woman teacher who said, “Your story is only as good as your villain.”
Being a new writer, the word “villain” confused me. It had me imagining serial killers and blood-sucking demons, which wasn’t my thing. I didn’t truly understand what she meant until I started thinking of villains as tricksters. In mythology, the trickster deities break the rules of civilized life. They’re often malicious, but not always. They exist to cause transformation. They upend. They are catalysts. This is why the better your villain (trickster), the better your story. Another way to think about it is that without a good villain, your conflict can go flat. This potential story flaw applies to everything from literary novels to high-octane thrillers to romances. No writer is exempt from creating conflict, and for conflict you need upheaval. And for upheaval, you need trickster energy. To get your trickster groove on, consider the following....
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WHAT TO WEAR TO THE APOCALYPSE: WALKING DEAD COSTUMER EULYN WOMBLE ON TELLING A STORY WITH WARDROBE...
BY: SUSAN KARLIN
The disheveled garb of The Walking Dead’s survivors is actually carefully designed to inform character arcs and storyline. Costume designer Eulyn Womble lifts the veil on how wardrobe impacts narrative, and how she keeps zombie hunting just a little bit sexy.... (con't)