When he's not writing, Dan also co-hosts Writing Excuses, a weekly writing-advice podcast with Brandon Sanderson and Howard Tayler.
Among Dan's advice:
- A humorous sociopath with a lousy life who wants to be good will evoke reader's sympathies
- A good villain will be flashy and/or relatable and/or fascinating
- Villains need a believable goal--if they want to blow up the world, they'll be just as dead as everyone else if they accomplish it, so it might be a tough sell to your readers
- A villain can have a try-fail cycle, too--if you're careful
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Thanks to Dan and to everyone who called in!