Alright, so we all know that villains are evil. They're depraved, loathsome, frightening, disgusting people, right? It's what makes them villains, after all. As writers, it's our job to create those evil, hideous people to harass our heroes and heroines, and to threaten all that is good and right and pure with their evilness.
But, more than the fact that we're writers, we're Christians. As such, we want our stories to be clean, and there are certain aspects of foulness and evil that we don't want to put on the page. So how then, do we communicate accurately and vividly to our readers just how evil our villain really is?
For this one, I'm going to cheat and refer you to Jeff Gerke's writing tips, #55 and #56. Reading these tips shed a whole new light on writing villains for me, and I hope it will for you too.
What are your thoughts on writing convincing villains without using foul language, indecent scenes, or otherwise distasteful content?