Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Plot Thickens
Then I think of the main problem they have to overcome. Say she wants to build a low-income housing development in the place where the last two dodo birds live, which he wants to protect. Since I write romantic suspense, the problem usually involves a crime. So enter the villain, a greedy energy magnate (a stereotype, but okay for this blog). He wants the land because of a natural gas pocket below ground. When you give all the characters strong reasons for what they want: she came out a tenement and her sister died because of the crime/poor conditions/whatever; he was lost in the woods as a child and a wolf saved him; the bad guy has to have a strong motive too, something more than just wanting money. You have to ask why he wants money so badly he'd use underhanded or shoddy methods to get it.