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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.


New directions in publishing

Earlier this month, Amazon revealed that one quarter of its top 100 e-book sales in the US in 2012 were written by “indies”. In the US, the term can mean either self-published authors or authors published by small companies (that is, not one of the big six publishing houses).