- 1a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary:he turned to confront his antagonist’
Your Protagonist is only as well rounded as your Antagonist.
Everything you consider when building your main character should be considered when you are fleshing out your bad guy.
If you haven’t done this, open a file for your antagonist and start asking him questions. One very good way to learn about him is to ask him what he thinks is going on. Do this at various points during your first draft. He will surprise you.
Knowing your enemy is key to motivation.
While you are exploring your bad guy go ahead and push him to his limits. Make him do that thing he’d rather die than do.
Till next week – don’t touch anything sharp!
If I Should Die and Milk Carton People by Sally Franklin Christie are available at your favorite book-seller in print and e-formats for your favorite e-reader.