How To: Writing the Antagonist

So why are antagonists important? I think every writer ponders this question at some point during their creative project. I personally find myself pondering this during the editing stage, when the first draft is mapped out and now I need to work out why everything happens.

Antagonists are important because they not only provide the foil to your “Hero” character’s development throughout the story, but they also serve as a vehicle to pull in you reader and have them engage at a deeper level with the story.

In this month’s edition of my writing advice newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I dive into why antagonists are important, and how to nail their characterisation by looking at:

  • What is the purpose of an antagonist?
  • Why are they so important to a reader?
  • How to write them like a character

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