Episode 23: Writing Women Respectfully Part 3: How to Write a Powerful Female Villain

How to Write a Powerful Female Villain

Are you thinking of having a female lead in your story? Excellent! Women are underrepresented in all forms of media so creating a female lead, especially as a villain, is so fun and exciting! Writing female villains with powerful motivations is key to writing a powerful female villain well.


In today’s episode, we are looking at writing powerful female villains and writing them well. Often, when authors try to write female villains, they fall flat. This episode is all about helping you write great female villains! We are covering the Bechdel Test and what other rules you should follow to write powerful females, why having female characters’ motives be regarding men or children creates characters that are flat, and how to avoid disappointing the reader when you have a female villain. 


Do you need some help with writing a powerful female villain or character? Schedule a coaching call where we can dive into your story or check out the Real Talk membership! Inside you’ll have access to monthly writing courses, weekly group calls with live edits, and personalized feedback and support! 


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In this episode we cover:

  • What the Bechdel Test is and what other rules you should follow to write strong females
  • Why female characters motivations should be more than to impress a man or to have or help a child
  • How to avoid disappointing your readers with an anti-climactic downfall of a female villain
  • Things to think about when writing a powerful female villain

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Related blog posts & episodes:

Episode 3: Writing Women Respectfully Part 1

Episode 6: Writing Women Respectfully Part 2

Episode 12: Writing Rules: When to Follow Them, When to Break Them


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Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.

You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book. This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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