I love Miss Snark. She is just so…snarky-delicious. A literary agent with a liberated id! But behind her entertaining and biting commentary are some very valuable lessons and insights into writing and publishing. For instance, she has a feature called “the crapometer,” where she invites readers/writers to mail in their novel synopses–then, she rips them apart in public from the perspective of being a literary agent (you’ll deefinitely know what NOT to do by the end of the submission parade). Snarky AND enlightening. See?
Her most recent post is called Why Miss Snark Love Satan. Catchy. You think it’s a reference to her snarkiness and “evil” behavior. Yes. But it’s also a wonderful craft lesson on how to write villains:
Why I Love Satan
1. He started out on top of the world and fell
2. He hangs out on burning lakes without his hair catching on fire
3. He’s a leader of devils
4. He cheats on Death
5. He’s not much on Divine Intervention to solve his problems.
you’ll notice I don’t love Satan cause he’s evil.
You might think about that when you’re creating villains.
This post is inspired by three query letters describing the villian as “evil”. Evil in and of itself is boring. Fallen and flawed angels….that’s where it gets interesting.
I just thought I’d share. And yes, I discovered Miss Snark months and months ago from my friend Susan, who is becoming my personal web spider.