A great villain needs to be monstrous.
There are no half-measures when it comes to writing villains. Go big or go home.
I knew that, but my latest villain for the third Evelina hadn't quite come into focus. Until, I dreamed about him last night. Really, it was more of a nightmare in that moment of drifting between awake and sleep. He was far more evil than I'd imagined. He scared the pants off me!
He was demonic--oozing all kinds of evil. I couldn't get him out of my head. I had to pray him away to go back to sleep.
Now that's a villain.
It wasn't until I was cleaning my office this morning that I remembered the dream and realized who he was. Luckily, he's shown his face, just in time, when the story is taking off and I can't type fast enough.