Hi, I'm Lianna.
Hi, I'm Lianna.
The antagonist. A very important part to any novel. Through the many many years of world building and character creating, there has been a large array of different kinds of antagonists. There are the kind that the reader will hate with a burning passion...and there are also the kind that the reader has a sympathy for them deep in their heart and can relate and find a liking for them even though the antagonist is so sinister.
When writing the antagonist for our novel and deciding who the antagonist will be for that matter...there are two things we must consider. The first thing is...
The Antagonist isn't always a villain.
While there are many stories with the antagonist as a flat-out evil villain...we have to consider the mindset behind the villains evil-doings. When writing a villain we have to remember the popular quote: Hurting People Hurt People.
Someone who is hurting someone else has some kind of hurt going on in their own lives. There's always something behind the mind of the antagonist. And this gives the readers a way to relate even to the person in your story who is causing all of the conflict. But this leads me to the next thing we must consider...
The Antagonist isn't always another person.
While the antagonist in a novel is quite normally another person, that isn't always and isn't required to be the case. What if we stopped with the normal and took a different perceptive to writing our antagonists. Sometimes the antagonist in a person's life...is themselves.
Or maybe the antagonist is a thing. An addiction constantly tearing down the protagonist.
Just a thought.
The point is to be creative when going behind the mind of your antagonist and when choosing the antagonist in your story. Maybe your novel isn't about superheros and doesn't need a villain per se...or maybe your novel just isn't the right kind of novel for an antagonist that is, indeed, another person.
Or maybe you have an antagonist who is another person in the story but you don't want to use the overplayed and overused backstorys that it seems every antagonist has.
My suggestion to you is Kill The Clique
Don't let your novel, or your antagonist for that matter, be a carbon copy of the average cliques that everyone uses.
Write a novel that's going to be the next big thing. Write an antagonist with a backstory that no one's ever thought of. Kill that clique and write your novel to be the next New York Times bestseller.