This year's posts will deal with "lists" (also known as Cheat Sheets) that help a writer recall necessary elements before writing (or after) that make for a marketable story, a story worth telling and selling. Such Cheat Sheets are the backbone of a producing writer's Project Bible.
The "Why They Kill" List
Be they hero or villain, Protagonist or Antagonist, have you every thought about why they would kill or why they might loath killing?
Disregarding them being caught red-handed or cornered with no way out of the predicament they've gotten themselves into, below are some reasons to ill that might help flesh out or better understand your Antagonist or Protagonist. They would kill for:
ENJOYMENT (sadistic or cold-blooded)
JEALOUSY OR ENVY (over personal possessions, social or job status, etc.)
CHILDREN ARE A BURDEN
INADEQUACY AS A PARENT
BECAUSE THEY ARE DELUSIONAL, MENTALLY ILL, OR INSANE
BECAUSE THEY ARE ASSASSINS
BECAUSE THEY ARE ADDICTED TO BLOODLETTING OR HOOKED ON KILLING
It should be noted that men far outnumber women when it comes to the above. And speaking of women killers, did you know that 50% of women shoot their victims while 3% bludgeon, stab, torture, suffocate, neglect, or drown victims? And then there are the 29% of woman who employ a combination of the above.
One last thing, there is little difference between terrorists and hit men (assassins), but there are types—
● The Enforcer who has a cold-blooded mentality
● Those where murder is an art to them
● Those that are loyal only to the person who pays them
● They are vicious psychopaths— having aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior
● They are sociopaths— having a personality disorder marked by aggressive, antisocial behavior
So, under what circumstances would your Protagonist kill someone?
Under what circumstance would your Antagonist kill someone?
Next posting October 1, 2021