Writing Tips that will take your story to the next level!

Ever felt like you don't know where your story is going? Ever had any doubts about the quality of your story (or even your ability as a writer)? Ever thought that something was missing from your story but didn't quite know what that something was? Here's your chance to learn how to improve your writing. Ten fresh writing tips, which I didn't make up but borrowed from other experts and tailored them to the purposes of my own writing. Enjoy!

Chapter 10

10. How to create an unforgettable antagonist

by: Natasitsa
An antagonist is a character--or something else, like weather, etc-- who opposes to the protagonist's goal. Let me clear this, because I see a lot of confusion as to who the antagonist is: An antagonist does not have to be evil. It is not always synonym to villain. An antagonist is simply someone whose goal is totally in opposition with the protagonist's. Period.

Examples of antagonist are Voldemort (Harry Potter), The Necromancer (Lord of the Rings), the illness of cancer (Fault in our Stars), survival dangers (Lord of the Flies) etc. It can be anyone, from an absolutely terrifying i'll-kill-you-all psycho, to the protagonist's own father.

In order for a story to be compelling, a good protagonist does not suffice. We have to make sure out antagonist is equally interesting and three-dimensional if we are to endear readers to the story. This is no easy feat, but here are five tips to consider when planning out your antagonist:
1) Think of their backstory. What made them the person they are today? How did their past shape their present self? What special events had a great influence on his behaviour, values etc? A certain trauma you can think of? This adds believability and three-dimensity in an antagonist. Just make sure that his past does not justify his behaviour. It only explains it (that's their reason).
2) Give them traits different and similar to the protagonist's. Your antagonist will have lots of opposing traits to your protagonist. However, don't forget to make them similar in some aspects. Perhaps, they share a common value. Maybe they got through a similar situation. Whatever you like!
3) Get rid of the clichés. We've heard a thousand of times about the eerie antagonist who turns away into the darkness, black cape swaying and creepy laughter echoing. Who wants a same old antagonist? No one. But who wants a totally new, unique and never-before-seen antagonist? Betcha.
4) Make them human. Make them have insecurities, fears, conflicting emotions and you'll be sure to attract readers' attention.
5) Remember this: Antagonists think they're the hero of their own story. That means that they solemnly believe in what they're doing and nothing can change their opinion.

Is that helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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