an·tag·o·nize - to act in opposition to; oppose
I'm rounding the final corner in the first draft of my wip. One of the many things I'll tidy up in revision is my antagonist. Right now he's flat and unexciting, and I doubt I've done a good job fleshing out his reasons for being such a jerk.
Antagonists play a huge role in our novels since their job is to stand in our main character's way. Here are some of the things I've learned about antagonists:
- They don't have to be evil. They simply need a darn good reason for stopping the Lead.
- There needs to be something that glues the Lead to the antagonist. Why can't they simply walk away from each other?
- The antagonist should be as strong or stronger than the Lead.
After my first draft has cooled, I'll revise with the following questions in mind:
- Is my antagonist interesting?
- Is he fully realized?
- Is he justified in his actions?
- Is he believable?
The Blood-Red Pencil had an excellent post about creating compelling characters. Do you have any advice for me when it comes to antagonists? Please share!
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