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Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction

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  • Create realistic, credible and sympathetic bad guys
  • Set the stage for an unforgettable standoff between your hero and your villian
  • Special section on female villians

A hero without adversity is just a person, and stories without bad guys simply don't exist. From unlikable protagonists and dark heroes to bullies and mischief makers to villains and arch nemeses, Bullies, Bastards & Bitches shows you how to create nuanced, three-dimensional bad guys who are indispensable to the stories in which they appear.

Through detailed instruction and examples from contemporary bestsellers and classic page-turners, this book delineates the moral continuum of protagonists and antagonists; explores the connections between opposition, adversity, and evil; and illuminates a bad guy's many purposes in a successful story. Morrell also explores the rise in popularity of anti-heroes, how anti-heroes possess some of the same qualities of villains but with the soul of a hero, and how these complicated characters reflect contemporary society.

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Meet the Author: Jessica Morrell

Jessica Morrell works as a developmental editor and teaches writers through a series of workshops in the Northwest, at writing conferences throughout North America, and at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She’s written a monthly column about topics related to writing since 1998 that currently appears in The Willamette Writer. She also writes a monthly e-mail newsletter, The Writing Life, and a Web log, The Writing Life Too. She lives in Portland, where she is surrounded by writers.

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