If you are a hero, an evil overlord, an evil overlord’s accountant, or any of several other common roles in science fiction and fantasy, the Viable Paradise writers’ workshop has some tips to help you with your work. Some examples for evil overlords:- My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

  • I will not fly into a rage and kill a messenger who brings me bad news just to illustrate how evil I really am. Good messengers are hard to come by.
  • I will be neither chivalrous nor sporting. If I have an unstoppable superweapon, I will use it as early and as often as possible instead of keeping it in reserve.
  • My Legions of Terror will be trained in basic marksmanship. Any who cannot learn to hit a man-sized target at 10 meters will be used for target practice.