might lead to something but might not

I was just randomly clicking through episodes and stumbled upon this scene and it’s actually quite underappreciated and very sweet

this obviously happens shortly after their stupid argument over the lost bag of nuts (rest in peace brave soldier) and it’s clear that they’re still a bit tense after that. But Yuuri makes an attempt to break the ice 

“What would you like for a gift?” can just as easily be translated to: “I’m not annoyed anymore and would like to put this behind us.” It’s a sweet peace offering, with Yuuri showing interest and care in something that he presumes is important to Viktor.

However

Viktor misinterprets what Yuuri is trying to say and, while answering truthfully, also accidentally dismiss the hand Yuuri reached out for him. It’s a good display of them facing a cultural gap, since Yuuri might have planned to get Viktor a gift in advance and Viktor shoots that wish down. It’s not on purpose! But, speaking from experience, sometimes cultural gaps cause misunderstandings between couples that might lead to hurt feelings

 As is also evidently displayed here; Yuuri tries to mend what was hurt in the previous scene, in his own way, and Viktor misunderstands and Yuuri is left feeling rejected and possibly anxious that Viktor is still mad at him

BUT THAT LEADS US TO THE MOST CRUCIAL MOMENT IN THIS SCENE

VIKTOR CLEARLY NOTICES THAT YUURI GETS HURT and immediately tries to make Yuuri feel better in a way that is just as sweet as Yuuri’s own

it’s a line of dialogue that is just as simple as Yuuri’s when he asks what Viktor wants as a gift. “Do you want some hot wine, too?” is basically Viktor reaching out to Yuuri and showing care for his well being and offering to share something of his own with him. It’s simple, it’s sweet and easily leads into the hilarious line about Yuuri not handling alcohol well, bUT IT’S JUST SO CUTE AND THOUGHTFUL

THIS SCENE IS SO GREAT BECAUSE EVEN AFTER AN ARGUMENT THEY TRY TO FIX WHAT WAS HURT BY SHOWING EACH OTHER CARE AND COMPASSION AND IT’S SOOOOO PURE THEY CARE SO MUCH ABOUT EACH OTHER AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP

Why people get trapped by Emotional Abusers & Why it’s not their fault

(these apply to platonic and romantic relationships)

1. Attachment

The Emotional Abuser gives you attention: they make you feel flattered, loved and important. You start to believe that they genuinely care about you. They might even think that they do by themselves since they internally justify all their doings. Normally this kind of attachment would lead to a healthy bonding and a closer relationship. With the Emotional Abuser it leads to some levels of addiction and dependency on the victim’s part which is never their fault. Emotional Abuser’s behaviour exploits normal emotional bonding to another human being.

2. Guilt

In some point in the relationship you notice that it’s all about their needs. The Abuser might do something that hurts your feelings and bringing it up leads them to reason why it’s actually your fault and why you have to take responsibility for it. They make up convincing excuses why it’s not their job to do it, why it’s absolutely unreasonable of you to ask for it and so on. In other words: they Guilt-trip you. The Emotional Abuser believes they have no responsibility for their behaviour or feelings. If they feel uncomfortable by something in the relationship they will manipulate you to take the blame instead of trying to work things out. Guilt-tripping makes the victim submit and erodes their sense of emotional and physical boundaries since they are made to believe it’s their job to cater on Abuser’s needs.

3. Cognitive dissonance

After the idealization pace the Emotional Abuser will move to a devaluing pace. Catering to their needs is not enough anymore and you feel you can’t do anything right no matter what you do. The pace starts when the Abuser feels you are getting emotionally too close and/or you are trying to hold them accountable for something they have done. Emotional Abusers are afraid of responsibility and in some cases intimacy so they will try to push you away. They use manipulation: Gaslighting and Guilt-tripping to force you into silence and to take all the responsibility for the relationship. They give you Silent Treatment which is justified by some clever excuses. Emotional Abusers believe they are entitled to absolute emotional comfort even when it means abusing other people.

Because you remember how well they used to treat you, your mind has a hard time accepting they are not the person you thought they were. In fact you might start to make excuses for them in your head because they have manipulated you to think nothing is their fault. It is extremely difficult to get away from the Abuser’s emotional trap because they take advantage of the victim’s emotional bonding to them and give false hope that the relationship could be “fixed”. You are misled into thinking that if you just learn not to be so “needy” and “selfish”, the Abuser will reward you with the loving behaviour they demonstrated in the beginning.

Aftermath

The Emotional Abuser has no intention to take responsibility for what their abusive behaviour has caused you because they have normalized and justified it in their head. Not all of the Abusers are so sure of themselves but need a lot of internal convincing and validation from others so that they can feel good about themselves which is their goal: not having to deal with responsibility or emotional labour. After all Emotional Abusers are not Disney villains but people who are so selfish that they lack of motivation to learn how to not hurt people.

There are two ways how the trap can break: the victim quits all contact with the Abuser or the Abuser leaves the victim. The latter one occurs if the Emotional Abuser feels they have to deal with too much because of the victim. The Abuser might feel threatened by the victim if the victim is making the Abuser feel bad about themself by calling out their abusive behaviour. The Emotional Abuser thinks that they are actually the victim in the relationship because the real Victim is making them feel bad and scared. The Abuser is genuinely afraid that they would have to deal with negative emotions that taking responsibility would require.

In the end the Emotional Abuser ends the relationship with some dramatic note in which they project all their feelings into the victim: you are the abuser, you have harmed them, you have threatened them. This is their way of securing their own emotional well-being as they refuse to acknowledge the reality. Just remember that it was NOT your fault and you are not responsible for their horrible behaviour. While mutually harmful and violent relationships can exist abusive relationships are based on a power imbalance and therefore there is no such a thing as “mutually abusive”. You are nothing like your abuser.

Translating is hard work. Even with pretty simple translations there can be unexpected difficulties if one of the languages has some funny special rules that apply to everyday life like honorifics and proper address, or words with multiple meanings so instead of asking what time it is you’ll end up asking for a potato. A professional translator can deal with this, of course. But for someone who just knows two pretty different languages, translating even something simple suddenly takes time and ends up getting pretty confusing for everyone involved.

And that leads us to ALIENS!

I think we’ve all read one scifi story or another where an alien is explaining some kind of concept that their species has - it might be related to their Special Sense or something else, but they always conveniently manage to put it in words that the character (and the reader) understand. This makes sense from a storytelling viewpoint, because we’re telling the story to human readers/listeners/viewers who need to understand what’s going on and why.

But it might be fun if the character is teamed up with an alien who gets so confused and/or worked up about some trivial translation that it gets turned into this big whole mysterious deal.

Human: “So, what’s this word mean, ‘thnguwe’?”

Alien: “Thnguwe has… special meaning for our people. It refers to a person’s ability to… form a meaningful connection with another of our kind, and our… entire society is built according to the… concept of thnguwe.”

Human: “How profound! Your civilization has much to teach us!”

Alien #2: “It means ‘talking’. Thnguwe means talking.”

Alien #1: “Oh, talking! I forgot what that word was in human language!”

Guys, you know this scene where Shiro tells Keith that if he doesn’t make it off of the planet, he wants him to lead Voltron

And then Keith says “Stop talking like that, nothing’s going to happen to you.” 

This is Shiro’s face after he says that:

There’s just something really off about his expression, almost like he wants to believe that what Keith is saying is true, but he knows deep down inside that it isn’t. 

Do you think Shiro might’ve already known that something bad would happen to him that might possibly cause him to separate from Voltron?

Even in this scene in the Blade of Marmora episode

He said to Keith: “You’re going to have to control your emotions if you’re going to lead this group someday.” He was talking like it was a sure fact that Keith may possibly lead Voltron in the future.

Keith even tried insisting again here that nothing bad was going to happen to him, but all Shiro said is: “It’s just in case.” 

Just in case for what Shiro?? 

And then coincidentally during their fight with Zarkon who we all know he has a connection with through the Black Lion, he just disappears randomly?

What if Shiro knew that potentially defeating Zarkon meant the same fate for him? But he kept going along with everything because he knew how important it was to keep the universe and his friends safe?

Shiro’s very selfless, so it makes sense, and we know how much everyone means to him.

This is his family right here, he’d do anything for them. Even possibly sacrifice himself. I’m not saying he’s dead or anything (I’m almost positive he isn’t), but I do believe he took the chance to risk his own safety for everyone’s sake.

And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that above everyone else, he wanted Keith to lead Voltron someday. Shiro is close to Keith (who looks at him like his brother), he knows him, he trusts him, he believes he’ll do a good job. This probably made him feel better and more at ease about having to possibly leave the group someday. 

Who Should You Fight: KBTBB Edition

Eisuke Ichinomiya: It depends on the situation. He has a lot of resources to take you out, but if it’s just hand-to-hand combat? You might be able to win. He’d probably break a nail or something. Only fight Eisuke in certain scenarios.

Soryu Oh: What the fuck dude. He’s a mobster, he can wipe you off the face of the Earth. Not only does he always have a gun on him, but have you seen how hard and high he can kick? Do not fight Soryu.

Mitsunari Baba: Baba’s definitely more of a guy to slip away from a confrontation if it might lead to an actual fight, so he probably doesn’t have a ton of experience. He’s also got a thing about not hurting girls, so he wouldn’t fight back much. You can fight Baba.

Ota Kisaki: He’s a pretty boy and super thin, you can take him. Plus he’s always treating you like a dog, so you’re bound to snap sometime. He’s more about speed than strength anyway. Fight Ota.

Mamoru Kishi: Don’t let his slacker attitude fool you, this guy is a beast when it comes down to the wire. He fought a ton of cult members that held you hostage with like a stick, the dude can go rogue. Plus he’s a cop, he’s fought plenty of times. Don’t fight Mamoru. 

Luke Foster: I guess you could fight him, but why would you want to? He is a confused space cadet that loves kitties. Yeah he’s hella strong when he’s all post-surgery tired, but 90% of the time he’s chill. If you go for it, you’ll have Eisuke and Soryu coming after you too. I don’t advise fighting Luke.

Rhion Hatter: What is wrong with you? He is so Pure™  and innocent and small. Does not have a bad bone in his body. If you feel the urge to fight him, look at your life choices. Why 

Shuichi Hishikura: Dude’s smart and cunning, but looks can be deceiving. He’s stronger than he looks. Being best friends with Hikaru for so long means he’s picked up quite a few moves along the way. It would be a close fight and I think he could likely win. You probably should’t fight Shuichi.

Hikaru Aihara: He’s a former assassin, this is a terrible idea. Don’t let his youthful look glaze over the fact that the man is capable of killing anyone in his path. Plus he’s young so he’s got a lot of stamina. It’s your funeral if you fight him lmao

"Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart" Theory

Spoilers of “Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart” ahead. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend you not to read this post.

I had this one theory about that scene where Feliciano finds Ludwig under the oak tree early in the morning.
Ludwig was crying, and the Italian tried to comfort him, but we never had an explanation as of why he was in that state.
Further in the story, we meet Roderich, who was a great friend (lover) of Ludwig’s brother, Gilbert. Whenever he talks about the albino, we can kind of “see” that he misses him, or that something might have happened.
My theory is that on that morning, Ludwig received a letter saying that his brother was dead, and that caused him to break down, leading him to the only place where he felt safe, his and Feliciano’s tree.
That might have been the reason why Gilbert never made his appearance on the story, and why Roderich always acts that way when remembering him.

I’m sorry if this gave you feels. I’m literary crying as I write this

has someone considered….that while the first season 2 teaser might have tricked us into believing that shiro was doomed….might also tell something else? like i personally assumed that the infamous “keith if i don’t make it out of here i want u to lead voltron” happened in the first episode of the season. it’s been kept very secretive by the crew and it’s the episode in which keith and shiro are on their own. now, assuming that the battle between shiro and zarkon seen in the trailer is the final climax battle or something like that…wouldn’t it make sense if shiro told keith that line BEFORE facing off zarkon?? i would even say that it might be connected to him walking into that light but also i think he’s not wearing his paladin armour in the battle scene so…anyways it would make sense if shiro was worried about not making it and told keith that he wants him to lead the team in case he dies. idk And then cliffhanger

This might be it. This might be the year where we ACTUALLY get to see both Anti and Dark TOGETHER. ONE SCREEN. All this climax and “mocking” (if you will) could be leading to one moment. One moment when they face. Something so many of us fans have longed for. Where they decide who’s superior. And what’s better? We can even have a mediator. The one who knows the realms, and interviews all.
Wilford.
He could be the most important part of it all. Have we established the extent of his power yet? No. But we know the goal with theirs.

Still, this could be the year it all finally happens.

Theater AU. Will Solace is about to star on some local production of a classical broadway hit. Thing is, try as he might, he keeps on forgetting most of his lines and if he can’t do something about it, he might be replaced.

So here comes Nico to the rescue, helping his boyfriend memorize his lines by going through the scenes and acting those with him.

However, being caught rehearsing by the theater director wasn’t on the plan and so does suddenly being shoved the role of the main lead’s love interest.

Nico can only stare with horror and Will’s happy, encouraging smile is not helping at all. He so did not sign up for this!

It is never too late to start

It is never to late to start doing what you love. Of course, some things have deadlines. But you can always make changes and walk another path what will lead you into the direction you want to go.
It might not be easy, it might take a lot of time, but for those who really want something, there will be possibilities. Work hard, save up money if you need it for your goals, get your best results and compete with others. If you fail, try again, and again if needed. It is possible if you put enough time and effort into your goals.

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Steven Universe Style + Comic + Colors practice.

Tried to get it as close to ‘screenshot’ level as possible. Some parts are just screenshots from “Catch and Release” since I was timing myself tonight. Went past my deadline :p

(This was actually a lame excuse to draw Peridot’s boot in exploded view, since we don’t know what’s inside it.)

Peridot has an affinity to lasers and cannons in the show. I bet she can combine her boot and tablet into a hybrid mega-buster / social media device. She can tweet and take selfies while attacking enemies >:3

Curious what her fusion with Pearl will be like, since Pearl has light-based projectile attacks. Opal has giant light arrows, a Pearl/Peridot fusion weapon might use something like this:

(Peridot is Tony Stark AND Magneto!)

If true, then it might lead to this:

Snow Day

Originally posted by dailyteamcap

Request - A fluffy snow day with Bucky. 

Pairing - Bucky Barnes X Reader

Wordcount - 906


Snow had surrounded the tower, there was no way anyone was getting in or out of the front door. Tony had tried to work out an extensive way so there would be enough food until the snow melted enough for everyone to be able to leave again. You and the Avengers were officially stuck and being stuck lead you to finally get around to the one project you had been determined to do. Decorate Bucky’s room in the tower. 

Your boyfriend Bucky Barnes had nothing in his room to resemble that Christmas was even fastly approaching. You understood why he was hesitant about celebrating the holidays because he didn’t believe he was worthy of celebrating such an occasion. Today you were going to prove to Bucky that he was very wrong. After all that he had been through he deserved to celebrate the holidays just as much as everyone else did. Maybe this might just be the something that might get him to feel like Bucky deserved nice things to happen to him. 


You hauled the boxes that you had purposely gotten for Bucky’s room, leaving each one by the door before you knocked on the door. Luckily carrying everything over only took three trips (you wanted Bucky to have options) You knocked on the bedroom door, hearing the muffled sounds of movement before the door opened, Bucky opened the door wearing a t-shirt and a pair of joggers that fitted him perfectly as always. 

“Hey doll, what’s in the box?” Bucky questioned looking down at the box that was still in your hand. 

“Christmas decorations. There are a few more boxes to the side. I thought since we’re snowed in we could decorate your room.” You suggested as Bucky ran his hand through his hair, you knew what was coming. 

“Doll, we’ve spoken about this. I do not deserve Christmas. After everything, I’ve done. I don’t Christmas and I certainly don’t deserve you.” Placing the box down you, stepped over it before gently grabbing his face between both of your hands. 

“James Buchanan Barnes, you deserve Christmas and me. It was the Winter Soldier who did those things, not you. Hydra did those things, not you. So you deserve Christmas because you are a wonderful, kind, considerate, beautiful person.Could you just please look?” Bucky looked at you, he never had been able to say no to those beautiful Y/E/C eyes.

“Okay, I’ll look but I’m not promising anything doll, Bucky helped bring in the boxes with you as you crouched down beginning to open the boxes. You had a few surprises in some of them some of which you struggled to get. Bucky crouched down to look at what you had been buying he grinned at the old 1940′s style Christmas baubles, they were all made of glass. 

“Doll, you didn’t have to do this, they made them like this in the 40′s. We never had any plastic baubles, they were all glass. Doll, did you really get paper chains?” Bucky asked as he held out the several packs from one of the boxes. You just happened to head into a dollar store and noticed them there. You might have brought at least ten packets, it was more of an instinctive buy. 

After Bucky rummaged through the boxes you noticed the grin grow on his face. 

“Why don’t we start to put all these things up?” Bucky suggested and you smiled, you knew that Bucky might be just open up the idea of Christmas. 


Christmas music blared through the room. A mixture and combination of 40′s music and new Christmas music. You and Bucky had got to get some food a few hours ago so you didn’t have to keep going down and getting food whenever you were hungry. So far you had been decorating the room with brightly coloured tinsel and Christmas Ornaments, you were just finishing up the tree. 

“Thank you doll, I am glad that you brought all of this over. Do you know what would make this room even better now?” 

“What’s that Buck?” You asked as you and Bucky stood back and admired the beautiful Christmas tree. 

“You being able to enjoy all of our hard work all the time. I want to wake up to the most beautiful person in the world first thing in the morning. I want to go to sleep and as I close my eyes all I want to see and feel is you wrapped in my arms knowing that your safe and sound- what I’m saying is Doll I want you to move with me?” You wrapped your arms around Bucky’s neck, linking your fingers together. You lifted your head up as you slowly began to lean in your eyes momentarily looking down at Bucky’s lips as he began, your noses brushed together before you lips touched together slowly, you needed to slow Bucky just how much he meant you.You loved him with everything possible. Bucky put his hands on your hips his thumb drawing small circles as he kisses as soon as your lips pulled apart momentarily, they quickly rejoined together. 

“So what do you say doll, move in with me?” Bucky asked as he pulled away but not enough not to pull away completely. 

“Yes. Only if you promise that your try to celebrate Christmas.” Bucky kissed your nose, before leaning close to your face again. 

“For you doll, I’d celebrate anything.”  

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Biracial, and also black
University of Michigan professor Martha S. Jones is biracial but always saw herself as black, until her students made her rethink her identity.
By Martha S. Jones, Special to CNN

Still, we held fast to our one-drop identities.

America largely believed itself organized around a racial binary. It was good to know where you stood, even if it was an awkward fit.

Much of my adult life was guided by the view that, however others might misapprehend me, I was black. And in my circles were friends and colleagues with whom I shared the one-drop identity.

Yes, we had a parent who was not African-American. But that was a quiet fact, one that our bodies might admit but our voices rarely uttered.

Why was that? Perhaps foregrounding a nonblack parent might lead to the charge that we were distancing ourselves from the stigma of blackness. Perhaps we’d be perceived as trying to pass for something that we were not. Perhaps we’d be viewed with suspicion, our loyalties questioned in a world that so often pitted black against white.

Mostly, I think we were black because it fit, because it felt right, and because racial identity as a social construction is rooted in more than the fact of one’s paternity.

And under the regime of the one-drop rule, I never knew there was an alternative.

Until I had that “me, too” moment in the classroom.

Look, I didnt want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom and dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life. Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful nasty ways. If you’re a normal kid, reading this because you think it’s fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe none of this ever happened. But if you recognize yourself in these pages-if you feel something stirring inside- stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it’s only a matter of time before THEY sense it too, and they’ll come for you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (art)

10 years since Lightning Thief!

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'Once Upon a Time': Jennifer Morrison Addresses Her Future on the Show
With Once Upon a Time’s future up in the air, will the original cast be back for a potential seventh season? Leading lady Jennifer Morrison addressed that topic head-on with Will Malnati on h…

With Once Upon a Time‘s future up in the air, will the original cast be back for a potential seventh season? Leading lady Jennifer Morrison addressed that topic head-on with Will Malnati on his podcast, The Drop-In.

“My contract ends in April on Once Upon a Time,” Morrison said. “I don’t know what that means. They haven’t picked up the show officially yet — they might, they might not. We are just waiting now to see if the network decides to continue with the show — and if they do continue with the show, if they’re going to rework it to be something else, or if they’re going to invite people to stay. We’re just in a holding pattern right now.”

At the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday, ABC Chief Channing Dungey expanded on her earlier comments about the future of Once, explaining that OUAT bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are looking at the potential seventh season as a springboard in a new direction, “which doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not bringing cast back.”

“It’s just: How do you kind of hit the reset button in a way that gives you an opportunity to expand the stories that we’re telling?” Dungey said.

While Dungey stopped short of revealing whether any actors would exit, she did note, “Whenever there’s change, there’s always a transition.”

The good news is that it sounds like Morrison may be in it for the foreseeable future. “I have a really fierce loyalty to the show,” Morrison said. “I am fiercely protective of the character. I feel like so many amazing things have come to my life because of it. It’s really made my life better in so many ways. I don’t have any interest in abandoning something that is such a special part of my life, but I also know I don’t have it in me to do it forever, so it’s more about a life decision, and I don’t even know how to make that life decision until I know what ABC even wants.” Listen to the full interview here.

Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

You might’ve seen outfits passing by I’ve drawn before with (original) characters from Merlin, and this is another. And it’s none other than the lead of the show, its titular character, Merlin!

From left to right we have: High Priest; Court Sorcerer; Battle Mage.

The high priest is an outfit Merlin will don on Avalon. While I personally like the design it still feels like a LOTR reject. Anyways the actor looks amazing with flashy eye shadow so he should wear some again.

The court sorcerer is something that might be a little bit too fancy but then again, I’m not confined by a budget. I mean the nobility would wear flashy outfits, but so would any high-ranking court members. Who knows maybe he got all that gold as gifts from his lovers friends. The sidhe staff sets a nice example of how ~mystical~ people perceive sorcerers to be. As if.

The battle mage is basically whatever he’d wear for..well…battle. He’s got a flashy red cape to distinguish himself from the enemy, but it’s not necessarily a knight’s cape as he’s no knight. In fact he’s even higher ranking but that’s another story. (The scarf was embroidered by Gwen with lavender flowers.)

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If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom and dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.
Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful nasty ways.
If you’re a normal kid, reading this because you think it’s fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe none of this ever happened.
But if you recognize yourself in these pages-if you feel something stirring inside- stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it’s only a matter of time before THEY sense it too, and they’ll come for you.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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I want anyone watching that might be at a low point, feel beaten down and defeated, like things aren’t gonna get any better for them ; I want you to know that I’m right there with you at that low point. But believe me, things really will get better. As hard as it is, even for me right now, you gotta stay positive and hope for the best and surround yourself with people who care. […] And sometimes, even the worst situations can lead to something extremely positive that you might not have achieved if you hadn’t gone through that pain.
—  Cr1tiKaL, penguinz0 (x)
The Surprise or Unexpected Villain

Sometimes the best villains or antagonists are the ones we didn’t see coming.  Or maybe we did see coming, but we didn’t necessarily pick up on the clues the first time around.  This doesn’t mean your story needs a twist ending—your villain could have remained a secret until the climax or near the end of your novel.

Here are a few ways to consider writing the surprise or unexpected antagonist:

Drop Some Hints

Planting clues in your story is one of the most important parts of writing a surprise villain. The character might start off as a best friend or family member, for example. This can be a cliché, but they might also be the love interest. Without being too obvious, drop subtle hints that something might be off. Maybe they knew an attack was coming or they accidentally said something they shouldn’t know.

Guide Your Audience

You’re the master of your story, so guide your audience the way you want them to go. Create false leads if you want your readers to think someone else is behind all of it. You control where they “look” and how they should feel about something, so use that to your advantage. You can only do this if you…

Plan Ahead

…plan ahead!! If you’re planning a big reveal in your novel or hiding important information, you need to plan ahead. Decide how much you want this character to be involved. You’ll need to know what their plan is from the beginning. Try outlining or jotting down ideas when they come to you. This will make it easier to interweave important information as you write.

Give Them a Reason

Your villain should always have some sort of motive. They need motivation, just like any other character. Some people will argue that there can be villains that lack motive, but it’s very hard to make that work. And usually there’s some reason—something that they’re fighting for themselves. Figure this out if you want to write a strong antagonist.

-Kris Noel