The Evil Speech of Evil was a suggestion posted on the NaNo forums this November past. To better know your villain, write out an explanation, from their viewpoint, of why they do what they do. I used this on the antagonist in Ever Actor, King Vingorn, with wicked results.
Vingorn blinks. Why he does it? He’s never stopped to consider. Is not the pursuit of power intrinsic to every human life path?
He was lucky enough to be born a prince; fate favored him there. He was unlucky enough to be born the youngest of five siblings; and so where fate failed him, he reached out and built his own fortune.
He is not a horrible person. He does not delight in the suffering of others. He only desires things— every man desires things—and reaches out to take what he wants.
Certainly, this conflicts with the desires of others. Sometimes, his actions cause suffering, as he takes coin and land and lives and livelihoods and—if he is lucky—countries. That’s really too bad, but life is a contest, a devouring game, and he intends to win it.
Besides, conquest is the way of kings.
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So, who are your villains, and why do they do what they do? Post an Evil Speech of Evil below!