Which Science Fiction or Fantasy Villain is Donald Trump?

The choices, of course, are endless. Choosing might be a bit tough. For example, Lex Luthor is a tempting choice – billionaire, elected President, has an adversary he can't stop obsessing over and who some hold up as a hero figure and others regard with suspicion (calm down, Hillary – you're no Superman), has his... Continue Reading →


Donald Trump Is A Big Orange Bag Of Supervillain Tropes

If I wrote Donald Trump as a character, he would never fly outside of overt satire. β€œHe's too one-dimensional, too absurdly over the top, too poorly conceived. But worst of all, he's just a trope. In fact, you threw every major supervillain trope but one together and called it done.” You'd be right, too. First... Continue Reading →

Today’s Writing Tip: Nobody Is All Anything

Even the most evil villains still have a positive human dimension, a good side. Even a paragon of goodness has a flaw, a bad side. The most powerful people have weaknesses, and vice versa. Do not write one-dimensional archetypes. Write credible beings with lives.

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