Every story needs a good villain, right? Well, to be more accurate, every good story needs an antagonist. Why? It's simple. Without some sort of conflict, your story isn't even a story. Conflict is integral to a plot, and to have conflict, one must have an opposing force-- hence the need for an antagonist. Or is it villain? The difference between the two might not seem that great in some novels, but in others, it makes a world of difference. Understanding what your novel needs is key to a successful plotline. So what makes the two different?
Villains vs Antagonists.
Villain-- a villain is a character whose evil motives and actions are integral to the plot. They are quite literally bad guys.
Antagonist-- these are the characters (or elements) that are in opposition to the protagonist (the character we're all rooting for). These adversary forces may not necessarily be evil, and they may not even be living.
That said, those two classifications can be broken down even further into various types of villains and antagonists. With so much emphasis placed on other parts of the story, it may seem like a non-priority to figure out what type of antagonist you have-- isn't it enough to develop their character? It is certainly important to develop your characters (including your antagonist), but here's why it's a great idea to consider what type your antagonist is and even consider writing different types of antagonists.
So now you're ready to start thinking more about your antagonists, but where do you start? To help you out, we've compiled a master list of antagonists, complete with overviews on each type!
Overview of different types of antagonists:
Abstract antagonists The first type of antagonist we'll address is the trickiest to pin down-- abstract antagonists. These are the elements that are creating obstacles for your main character without even being another character! In that sense, they definitely are not villains-- but they can certainly still cause a lot of complications for your main character.
Human antagonists Now onto Human antagonists. Villains, you say. Yes, true villains do fall under this category. However, even within the realm of human antagonists there is lots of room for variation.
So there you have it-- a master list of all things antagonist. Not only can you use this as a reference, but perhaps it will help as a springboard for new ideas. Have we missed any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments what kind of antagonist your book has and let's discuss all things character.
When you're right in the middle of a project, it's easy for it to become a long stretch of struggles. Whether it's just feeling those mid-way blues, fighting that burnt-out writer's block, (Check out our post on that!) or just having a hard time staying motivated to keep going, the middle can be a difficult place to get through. Here at Fearless Type, though, we believe in you, and that's why we're here with our top ten ways to stay motivated when writing!
So there you have it! Our top ten ways to stay motivated and stay writing! Do you have any tips or tricks that keep you motivated? Why don't you share them in the comments below!
Ten. Thousand. Words.
It sounds crazy, maybe even impossible to a lot of people. The truth is, while it does take a lot of dedication and resolve, it can be an extremely rewarding experience, and many writers love their 10k writing days.
Should YOU do a 10k Writing Day?
That said, it can sound intimidating, and you might question whether it's a right fit for you. We have 5 good reasons why it might actually be a great idea for you to try.
So maybe now you're excited to do a 10k, but you have no idea how to do it in order to win? We have all the tips and tricks for you!
HOW TO DO A 10K AND WIN
So there you have it! The complete guide to a 10k writing day. Have you ever done one before? If so, leave a comment sharing your experience. If you haven't, do you want to? Let us know!