THE MIND OF THE ANTAGONIST

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20 Jan

THE MIND OF THE ANTAGONIST

In fiction, the antagonist is the opponent or enemy of the protagonist, but that doesn’t mean the antagonist is purely evil or bad.  In fact, it’s much more interesting for your story if you can get to know your antagonist as a complex, deep character, rather than a simple enemy.  In order to develop this understanding, I want you to write at least a page from your antagonist’s point of view.  This will not be part of your story — it’s background work for you to see the world through your antagonist’s eyes.  Try to let the antagonist talk about what he or she thinks of the protagonist.  What does the antagonist want?  What worries or insecurities does the antagonist have?  Open your heart to this character, at least a little.

Then write a new scene that heavily features the antagonist, returning to your original point of view.

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