Viable Paradise: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop

The Evil Overlord Devises a Plot

rule

Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Excerpted from my lecture on Stupid Plotting Tricks
By Teresa Nielsen Hayden


Evil Overlords Lists


I. Evil Overlords, and Other Genre Cliches
A. Lead Characters (Bad):
If I Ever Become the Evil Overlord... 1-230

B. Lead Characters (Good):

If I Am Ever the Hero... 1-101
If I Am Ever a Starfleet Captain... 102-150

C: Auxiliary Characters (Bad):

Tips for the Evil Henchman: 1-26
Guidelines for Legion of Doom Troops: 27-41
Tips for the Trusted Lieutenant: 42-52
Tips for the Evil Overlord's Wicked but Beautiful Daughter: 53-68
Tips for the Evil Overlord's Accountant: 69-76
Tips for Evil Geniuses: 77-96
Tips for Evil Cult Members: 97-122
Advice for Aliens and Monsters on the Rampage: 123-130

D: Auxiliary Characters (Good):

If I Am Ever the Sidekick... 1-33
If I Am Ever the Hero's Own True Love... 34-70
Tips for the Innocent Bystander: 71-123

E: Further Evil

Guidelines for Evil Empresses: 1-51
Notes on Fortress Construction: 52-66
Notes Regarding Ultimate Weapons/Spells: 67-78
Miscellaneous Evil Resolutions: 79-94


II. Murphy's Laws of Combat, 1-141

III. Things We Learned at the Movies, 1-121

rule

<Main "Evil Overlord" | Home