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Writing Tips: The internal antagonist

In every fictional narrative the main character faces at least one external antagonist. This player blocks the main character’s efforts to get what they want. But in many narratives the main character is blocked by another kind of antagonist. This antagonist comes from inside and is the internal antagonist. 

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Three writers discuss what makes a good antagonist

An antagonist is a broader and more complex idea than a villain. A villain acts for purely selfish reasons and does destructive things with no consideration for the effect they will have on others. A villain is wicked. A villain is unable to change and grow. An antagonist, on the other hand, is a character who pursues a certain goal in the story.

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Three writers discuss an author's identity

Welcome to our first cross-blog, which offers tips on writing genre fiction. Every month, Kathryn Ledson, Jennifer Scoullar and Sydney Smith will get together to discuss some aspect of the writing craft. These blogs will be concise, to allow room for discussion with our readers. We welcome your questions and comments; feel free to respond on this page.

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