I saw Maleficent yesterday and allow me to tell you how utterly it has been on my mind. The past 24 hours have just been ‘god, how was it so beautiful and awesome and and and…”
And at some point I realized that there is a lot a writer can get from Maleficent. There is so much showing to the character. So here we go: 5 things writers can learn from Maleficent.
1. Never say ‘I love you.’ Show it. Show the pain when it’s taken away. Show the revelry when it is an ever-present joy.
2. Even villains are real people. They are not just an evil spirit (except when they are). They have motivation. They are more than how others see them. And they change.
3. Don’t leave characters completely alone for more than a short time. They need companions to bring out the untold sides of themselves, to draw the reader closer to their experiences.
4. Break every cliche. Lay ruin to the expected. Surprise everyone always.
5. Hero and villain are words defined by perspective. If you get stuck in what you’re writing, take off the boots of the protagonist and slip into that devilish cloak. You might realize that a little evil in the right places can make all the difference.