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How To Put a Sympathetic Villain in Your Screenplay

Villains actually do exist and they have reasons for doing the things they do. All villains don’t simply want to “watch the world burn” for no reason, the way Christopher Nolan’s Joker in The Dark Knight did. There is a motive, and it isn’t always pure evil. The main defining attribute of...
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Writing Realistically Flawed Characters

Everyone has flaws. Even if everyone doesn’t agree on what flaws are, all people have them. Faults, imperfections, defects, and weakness are all things that make people less than perfect. And flaws also make characters interesting to watch. Superman is a perfect being, minus his weakness to Kryptonite. His vulnerability...
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