Great writing advice for growing your own monster characters
I’ve talked about how difficult it is to have a monstrous hero without going too far to one side. With any luck, I’ve struck the right balance in War of Nytefall, but only time will tell there. So, what are some things to consider?
- Never be afraid to have your monster act like a monster to some extent. I don’t mean go on a rampage, but have moments of being cruel or scaring people. Remember the nature of the beast that you’re working with. This is a crucial part of their powers and personality even if they’re fighting against it. It can also keep the reader wondering if the hero will go back to his or her darker origins.
- Whether you use it or not, world-building of the monster’s history and social standing can help establish the protagonist’s limits in terms of heroism. It also helps the…
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