What to do with the Bad Guy in the Story? (Or, What to do TO the Bad Guy...?) That is THE question. (Or, questions.)
Confused? So am I. I'm undecided about this issue as I write my book. (I'm half finished, by the way. Don't you think I should know this answer by now?!) I keep flip-flopping from:
A) Kill him off at the end in a big, climatic way
B) Keep him around for Book 2 in the series
B1) Make him suffer...some *evil cackling*
And do you REALLY think I'll tell you which outcome for the Bad Guy I choose? HA!! No way! You'll have to read the book to find out.
But this has been a quandary I've battled from the beginning of this story. (Hmm...does anyone use the word quandary anymore? Definition: a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.)
Another quandary: How "bad" do I want the Bad Guy to be? Like - super evil, killing machine, psycho "bad"? Or - somewhat evil, self-centered, unstable "bad"?
I've sat staring at my computer, thinking: Do I actually want him to have killed someone? Maybe he did kill somebody, but didn't mean to. But he's supposed to be the enemy. But that doesn't mean he has to murder somebody. Or maybe it's essential to show how "bad" he is - what he's capable of doing...
Oh I hope I've got you wondering, "What in the world is she babbling about? And who is this bad dude in her book? Who's he killing - or wanting to hurt?"
Refresher for you: Rocked – The Chelsie Valdar Saga – 1. "A modern-day Viking warrior teen, Chelsie Valdar, must find an ancient ancestor's mystical sword before the impending Apocalypse and flee to safety with her brother. Several Bigfoot and an outcast werecat help with the search and offer protection, especially when an enemy is infatuated with Chelsie and wants the sword all for himself…the clock is ticking and time is running out."
Don't worry, I'll post when it's officially published. In the meantime, back to work :) And if you'd like to post your opinions on these quandaries about what to do to/with the Bad Guy, go for it! I'd love to hear your thoughts!