I’m roughing out my next novel and have come to the point where I’m questioning my bad guy’s motivation. How important is this for you as a reader? And if you are a writer, how do you pinpoint this attribute? Why are people bad? Do you need to explain what made them that way?
I’m afraid to dig in until I figure this out. I don’t want him to be a cardboard cut out. I also don’t think every evil character needs a Freudian explanation for their deeds (ala Koontz). Not every bad person is bad because they were damaged as a child. I want something… else. Something to lend nuance to the narrative. Maybe the reader won’t learn his motive until the end. Hopefully I will learn of it long before it comes to that.