Friday, January 13, 2012

My Antagonist

My antagonist, Robert, is causing problems.  Yes, I know that's what he's supposed to do, but he's giving me trouble.  I can't quite figure out the real reason he's putting Elizabeth, my MC, in this predicament.  What tricks does he have up his sleeve? and Why?

I'm in a quandry.  I have a few ideas, but I haven't really thought them through to the end.  I had written a short backstory for him before I started this project, but I guess I'm going to have to get into more detail.  Jess, my daughter, over at Write Skate Dream suggested I check out Ellie Garratt's post about antagonists.  So after reading it, I've decided to have a talk with Robert and figure out what his real problems are. I hope I can dig deep into his past and uncover what really motivates him.    

This leads me to the Character Blogfest, running Feb 6-10th.  Check it out over at Cassie Mae's blog, Reading Writing and Lovin It!  The idea of this blogfest is to help us flesh out our characters.  Posts for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday have different themes to get us to explore our characters through their own eyes.  And of course their are great prizes offered to the winners!  I can't wait.

On a side note, I'm heading up to the winter wonderland of Michigan for the weekend. The synchronized skating team I co-coach, is in a big competition up there.  The girls are super excited to be competing out of state for the first time.  Wish us luck!!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I'd love to hear your tricks for getting your characters to divulge their secrets to you.



  1. I know about uncooperative antagonists.
    Two thirds of the way through my latest wip, my antag told me he didn't do it.
    Then my protag backed him up!
    Well. Dang. What else can you do? You gotta believe your protag, right?

  2. It can be very hard to figure out sometimes. I'm not even sure who my antagonist is yet.

  3. Ooh, I'm excited to meet this bad dude! :)

  4. A good antagonist is a challenging thing to bring out in your work in progress. J.K. Rowling did such a wonderful job with hers.

  5. My antagonist was a real-life character. He became one, I think, because of how he grew up. He needs to feel superior to others by being an antagonist because, deep inside, he is totally insecure about himself. Being antagonistic is his way of protecting himself. Antagonism is his friend, his shield. He unequivocally rejects allowing himself to be vulnerable. Although he, too, was once a precious baby, he was doomed from the beginning. His world was antagonistic. That’s how he grew up and that’s how he will die. There is no salvation for him like Scrooge was able to experience toward the end of his life.

    What do you think?

  6. That's an interesting idea. I also have a character that's giving me problems, but I don't think the blogfest will help. I am, however, making him drunk. :-D

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