Technically, The Helsingør Sewing Club is almost perfect. No grammar mistakes, no imperfections, good syntax—Gyland’s writing skills are superior to the average. The characters are interesting too, with a captivating mix of sympathetic vs. unsympathetic in both timelines; plus, Inger and Cecile have powerful personalities, and they read as flawless as they can be. My favorite part is the historical one, but that’s just a matter of personal tastes.
Villains! They’re the salt of a story, aren’t they? Good folks are perfect in real life, but on printed paper, they need villains throwing obstacles their way. However, a good villain should have depth and nuance. Creating a character that’s 100% evil might work if you’re working on comics—The Joker, anybody?—and not so much when … Continue reading #Editing #Writing Tips – Know your villain #1