Creating a great villian


Writers often spend a great deal of time developing their protagonists only to neglect their villains. However, a well-developed villain is just as important as the protagonist to a story’s success.

A villain who is too evil or not evil enough, a villain who is one-dimensional or a villain lacking clear motivation are some of the problems you might run into while trying to develop a character who will oppose your protagonist. A great villain can sometimes be the difference between a novel that is good and a novel that is great. Here are some questions you can ask yourself in creating that great villain.

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During the scene when Mulan decides to go to war instead of her father, she decides to do it while sitting on the foot of the Great Stone Dragon. The image of the dragon looking over Mulan is repeated several times throughout the sequence, and the bolts of lightning strike at significant times whenever the dragon is in sight. When Mulan takes her father’s scroll and when she is praying to her ancestors, the Great Stone Dragon can be seen. It is also engraved on the sword Mulan uses to cut her hair and the handles of the wardrobe containing the armor are in the shape of the dragon’s head. The dragon’s eyes glowing in the temple symbolizes Mulan’s role as protector of her family awakening, instead of the actual dragon.

The reason Mushu couldn’t wake the dragon is because the dragon was no longer there. Mulan is implied to be the Great Dragon that protects her family.

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oh snap mulan

juvialovesyougraysama asked:

I need a part two of your GrUvia story! It's soo amazing!

DarkestAngel1326 Answer:

Awww thanks hun <3 <3 

I have a draft for part two done and should hopefully finish editing it in a few days.


Virgo would likely be positively stimulated by = not wanting to fail at what they’re doing; knowing if they don’t, no one else will.


Virgo would likely be positively stimulated by = not wanting to fail at what they’re doing; knowing if they don’t, no one else will.

morticialestatarts asked:

Do you have anything on how to write a flirty conversation between two people?

DarkestAngel1326 Answer:


Like people, your characters are millions and millions of facts and small traits; age, family, relationships (friendships, acquaintances, previous romantic relationships if any), likes, dislikes, how they were raised, where they were raised (in what environment). 

Basically, you have to remember who your characters are, how they are, and why they are the way they are. Some people are better at flirting than others and the reason for such relies in the facts: it’s in how they are like. Someone who is shy by nature might not be good at flirting—they might stutter, might say embarrassing things, might think a lot about what they’re saying and have it come up messily anyway. On the other hand, people who are more on the extroverted side might be better at flirting. 

Knowing how they are like is helpful when it comes down to the type of ‘flirts’ they are. Some people are more direct than others whilst others beat around the bush too much. 

There are several types of flirting. (read more about it here)

  • Sincere: it’s the most natural kind of flirting. It simply happens out of attraction for the person in question. Flattery is common with this type. 
  • Polite: it has more to do with proper etiquette and manners. Usually outright flirting doesn’t go along with it.
  • Playful: playful flirting is more on the joking side. People who flirt playfully tend not to mean it—or they do mean it, and don’t seek anything further than just joking. 
  • Traditional: while the definition of traditional flirting is hetero-normative, I will change it so it works regardless of gender or sexuality. It’s more of a dynamic where one person does most of the flirting at the beginning, giving all kinds of attention, while the other lets themselves be wooed and positively reinforces the other person so they continue to flirt. 
  • Physical: I consider physical flirting an optional addition to the previous types. You have to take care of the body language and if they show attraction through their bodies and the gestures they make. Smiling, batting eyelashes, blushing, hugging, hand holding while talking can be considered some signs of showing attraction for someone. And here are some more.

You can take a test for your characters and figure out the type of flirt they’d be like. I also found this very well-done guide on flirtingsome tips on flirting here, and one about attraction here.

The relationship between the two characters plays a huge part, too, so consider it just as much as you should consider your characters’ personalities. If they are ‘sincere’ flirts, it might be easier (or harder) to show their emotions if they have known the person for a while, or if they haven’t. 

When it comes to actually writing the scene, just go for it. If it’s a date and they’re talking, write their conversation, see how it flows. There’s not much left to it but to write it. 

Best of luck,