Quick quiz! What were the main motives for arson? If you answered the following, you’d be correct:
- Gain. (Mainly financial.)
- To conceal a previously committed crime.
Naturally, since every human is different, your arsonist might have a different motive for their arson, so take into account what they are like.
Some arsonists who you may have heard of or may want to research to model off of include:
How do I put this all into writing, you ask? Simple.
I’m assuming you have read the last article I linked above, the one on Thomas Sweatt. Now, you obviously shouldn’t model a fictional character completely off of someone, but it’s a great place to start. Give your character a motive, a reason, a need, to make fires. Do they watch the fires, and if they do, why do they wait around to watch? How do they pick their victims? Still, make your character more than just an arsonist. Where do they work? Do they go to school? Who are their friends, if they have any? If you met your character, what would you see in them? Create a well rounded character who “happens” to be an arsonist.
Don’t make arson sound like a good thing, okay? Then, use the rest of the information you now know about arson to write about it.