An example from my writing, is my villain, or lack thereof. I wimped out on writing a villain in my book. I introduced a character who was supposed to be a bad guy, but I feel he turned out a good guy. That's not what I wanted at all! He hasn't done anything bad, at all. In fact he's been rather nice and generous to people. Now, that could make for a really affecting villain when he does turn, but so far, I've wimped out. I don't want my characters to be harmed, I guess. I cut the whole mind-washing thing, and the whole back-stabbing thing, and I'm left with... a shining knight, really.
I've really got to shape up, in my writing and my life. But how? Anyone have suggestions?