I’ve started a new… something.
So far it’s a messy collection of rambling details and conversations as I get to know the people who inhabit this new world.
I’ve been spending time with my new main character. We’re still a bit stiff with each other. But she’s telling me things. Letting me see her point of view, bit by bit. She’s going through a rough patch. Unfortunately it’s going to get a lot worse. I’m going to be making her miserable.
Worse, now I have to get to know her enemy. We don’t like him. In fact, as my SBB’s niece would say, I can’t like him.
And yet, if this story is going to get written I am going to have to understand him. It’s kind of freaking me out.
Here’s Chuck Wendig’s predictably entertaining and edifying take on Antagonists via his Terrible Minds Blog. As he points out, antagonists kick the cat. And I need to get why.
Also, check out this random Young Adult Character Generator thanks to the team at Duolit. Your character may seem a bit superficial at first, but play around with those traits – just a few suggestions triggered some interesting ideas.
What kind of antagonist will make your hero do the things he/she needs to do?
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK