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Writing better antagonists


I found an interesting blog post today about writing better antagonists. And that really set me to thinking.

We need good antagonists. We need them to be at least as good and strong as our hero, or they wouldn't be a challenge. And our readers have to be able to relate to them.

So give them backstory. Make them believable. Possibly make them cool. That way, you're carving out the work for your hero.

And here's that blog posts that says it all better than I can do it here:

]6 Ways to Write Better Bad Guys

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Hmmm, reasonable ideas in general, though I imagine there are exceptions to it at times.
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Well, we could imagine "nature" as antagonist, or "war", or such, but that makes writing very hard and less focused.

The most I would get out of that is the hero fighting himself, i.e. the antagonist being the ego, or a bad side. Imagine Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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