Don’t Overdo the Kill Feast.

We all have read them. The books where a tyrant, vampire, warlocks or overlord simply goes crazy killing everyone and everything that moves. Work themselves up in a such a frenzy that even pets don’t escape their wrath.

Like anything else in a story. If overdone it gets boring. Give readers a variety of scenes ( I don’t  mean more creative ways to kill and maim) even if your character is over the edge, soaring over the cuckoo’s nest and bird bombing it. You don’t want a reader automatically knows whomever dared to look at the nut-job sitting on the throne cross-eyed is roast before they turn the next page.

And in some books they are literally roasted.

You don’t want them to guess what’s going to happen next so easily.

I found an article written by Charles Yallowitz on the:

Dos and Don’ts of Being a Tyrants,  Warlord or Overlord, etc..

It’s a very interesting article with doable points listed. The link is at the bottom of the articles.

All absolute rulers have used violence to instill themselves in power. There’s no other way. All despots, tyrants, dictators, totalitarians, authoritarians, autocrats, oppressors, autarchs, Monocrats, and even Immortals: God and Goddesses or whatnots when they break the limit people are willing to tolerate there will consequences. Their actions in going too far all create a revolt because the people come to expect such asinine behavior from their leader so they no longer fear him or her nor respect them.

Fear only work for a short while before people start to plot how to rid themselves of their leader. The leader must do something else besides kill or suck blood. If a vampire keep it up, priests are going to track his butt down at 10:00 A.M. and drive a stake through his heart. So, that ends your story.

In real life, a revolt is always in the future of such rulers. Another main reason for not overdoing the bloodbath is your character will start to seems unbelievable. If you keep going endless with tortures, tormenting, and beheadings. There will no characters left.

The same goes for monster serial killers. Readers will start to reason: “No one in that entire town had enough sense to stay out the water?”

If the first 1/3 of the book is about the conquest; make the 2/3 about being sociable, his or her weakest for everyone has one and building his or her rulership and then if you must return to a bloodbath have a good reason for doing so. Because there are surely to be more revolts and uprisings in the future if it’s done for stupid reasons.

Make sure it’s a reason the tyrants can rally his or her people to follow; not simply because he or she simply want to flex their muscles. We see enough of that in real life and we see how that always turn out.

 

Don’t go too far into the deep end of madness

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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