31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 9


31-Days-of-NaNoPrepMo-by-Katrina-OstranderDay 9: Who, if anyone, is opposing your protagonist?

Your Protagonist. Although it’s common for the protagonist to hate the antagonist, this doesn’t always have to be the case. The antagonist is merely the person or thing whose desires conflict with the protagonist’s. The antagonist might even want the same thing as the protagonist, but how they go about getting it is different or despicable in the eyes of the protagonist or audience.

  • How does the antagonist relate to the protagonist’s core desire and hatreds?
  • What motivates the antagonist—what do they want, and why?
  • Is there anything admirable or sympathetic about them?
  • What makes them despicable in the eyes of the readers, in the eyes of the protagonist?

Action Plan: Write down your answers to these questions as well as any other thoughts that arise during this brainstorming session. You can also make a copy of your preferred character questionnaire and answer the questions from the perspective of the antagonist. Doing so will help you create a complex antagonist who will help your protagonist shine in turn.

Additional Reading: “9 Tips For Creating A Great Antagonist” from Moon in Gemini“10 Traits of a Strong Antagonist” from Janice Hardy’s Fiction University“12 Tips On How To Write Antagonists Your Readers Will Love To Hate” from Karen Woodward, “How to Create a Remarkable Villain (Beyond the Clichés!)” from Better Novel Project

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