Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thinking About Protagonists and Antagonists as I Write

As many of you lovely readers know, I'm working on the first draft of my third novel. It's a bit tricky because the story is told from the points of view of three different characters. Two--Tristan and Annie--are protagonists. The third--Dick--is both a protagonist and the novel's primary antagonist.  It's as challenge to balance making Dick feel real and nuanced while making him somewhat likeable.

I stumbled across these articles on a Twitter friend's blog and had to share them. They're funny, but they also shed light on some important aspects of writing main characters--both protagonists and antagonists.

10 Reasons Why Your Protagonist Hates You

10 Reasons Why Your Antagonist Loves You

What are your favorite aspects of protagonists and antagonists? What makes them feel real to you?


  1. writing a book must not be easy! especially when youre juggling inbetween so protaganists and antoganists! but nonetheless, im really excited for this book to be published!

    1. It's really tough, but fun. It's interesting to think about the differing attitudes, mannerisms, and vocabularies they have. :)