I’m still having trouble getting on track with this new novel. I broke the siege of writer’s block. It’s not that. I’ve written 15 chapters so far, but I have discovered I have difficulty creating characters who are inherently evil. These characters are the kind who wouldn’t know a kind thought if it slapped them in the face. You know the type, right? I want these people to be black to the core, and the best I can do it come up with a weak shade of gray.
I think I’ve pinpointed the heart of the problem. I have never met any such a person, and I truly don’t want to meet someone so sinister. So how do I let my imagination travel into such territory? I’ve read books with such characters, and of course, I see them on the television every night in prime time—(I admit it, I watch cop shows), but these resources haven’t helped much.
Unlike other characters, these “bad guys” don’t whisper in my ear. Maybe it’s because I shut them out? Or maybe it’s because no one is all bad or all good? I’m not sure. All I know is these unsavory, pain-in-the-backside bullies frustrate me. It’s so serious, I’ve even thought about not pursuing this storyline, but then the stinkers win, don’t they? So what’s a writer to do?
I’d welcome suggestions. Speak to me. I think being a good person is getting in my way.