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Writing About Villains - Rayne Hall

Bought this a while ago and am only now getting around to reviewing it.  This is an excellent step-by-step 'how to build your villain' book.  It is long on pragmatic advice and writing prompts, short on boring blather, and should help pry the most recalcitrant villain out of your noggin and make him a worthy, three-dimensional adversary for your hero.  I dusted it off and used some of the examples recently as a 'how to' guide for my writer's group and the writing exercises were all very helpful in a large-group setting as well as the individual one.