7 Reasons Your Villain Doesn't Work

Many villains fail to be memorable because of seven common mistakes. Do you know how to avoid each problem?

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As a well-known saying goes, a hero is only as good as his villain.

So why do we short-change the villain so often in our writing?

Many writers will write pages upon pages about their protagonist.

We’ll fill out character questionnaires, do character interviews, and do everything we can to fall in love with them as characters and really get to know them.

But we don’t do the same thing with our villains.

I think it's time to change that.

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(On November 27th ONLY, you can get this course for $3 (normally $10).

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About Ink Slinger Mini Courses

Ink Slinger Mini Courses are built on the premise that many writers don't have time to take an intensive course on every writing subject.

Sometimes, you just need to get a solid foundation on core writing principles really fast.

That's what you get in each of our mini courses.

Each Ink Slinger Mini Course is between twenty and thirty minutes long and gives you the crash course you need to go out and write.

Sometimes a short course means a simple course that only covers the basics. That's not what I'm doing here. I don't want to waste your time with simple lessons.

Instead, each mini course will take a common writing topic like genres or characters or plotting and approach it with a unique perspective that helps you situate the topic in the context of our overall goal as storytellers: to tell stories that both delight and instruct readers. These courses aren't as comprehensive as my main courses. But they aim to be an effective shortcut to help you start working on your story immediately.

Skeptical I can pack enough depth into 20-30 minutes? That's why I offer a 30 day money back guarantee with every course I sell. If you take one of my courses and don't feel like this course helped you as a storyteller, simply shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll give you a full refund. So feel free to simply try a course out and see if it helps!


What This Course Covers

This mini course unpacks the seven problems that will cause a villain to fall flat. Each lesson will cover a different problem and explain what the problem is, why it's so problematic for constructing a compelling villain, and how to effectively combat it in your story. Check out the course syllabus below to see what you'll be learning.


Do You Want to Avoid Writing Boring Villains?

Now, it's up to you.

Do you struggle with villains who fall flat or who fail to present the hero with a meaningful challenge?

Do you want to learn how to create compelling villains who challenge the hero in unique and suspenseful ways?

If you want to learn how to avoid the common reasons villains don't work in storytelling, this is your chance.

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Your Instructor

Josiah DeGraaf
Josiah DeGraaf

I'm Josiah DeGraaf, a high school English teacher, the fiction content manager for the Young Writer's Workshop, and the editor-in-chief of Story Embers. My goal is to help writers craft stories that both teach and delight their readers. The best stories, after all, are both entertaining and meaningful. And so, over the past seven years, I've been helping writers accomplish this through my work at Kingdom Pen, the Young Writer, and Story Embers, along with the dozens of writers I've personally mentored and trained. I'd love to help you take your storycraft to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.