Sunday, November 6, 2011
The psychopath test - a handbook for writing villains
Do you have trouble writing a chillingly realistic villain? Try using the psychopath test. I'm sure including a few of these into his or her personality will up the scary factor.
How 'bout number 6 - a lack of remorse or guilt. What's creepier than knowing someone will have no second thoughts about the vile acts they commit?
Pair that with number 4, pathalogical lying, number 9, parasitic lifestyle, or number 10, poor behavioural controls, and you're starting to get a pretty scary character. A number of the other 20 traits would add a subtler, but no less villainous, layer to a truly scary personality.
So what are you waiting for? Go build yourself a villain!
Do you ever find it hard to write realisic villains? Have you ever written a psychopath?