Great post on understanding the protagonist.
This post by Craig Snider.
In every life, and every human experience, obstacles will stand in the way of happiness and fulfillment. Sometimes, these obstacles take the form of setbacks, failures, and shortcomings. Other times, it may be specific individuals or entities. Regardless of the form they take, antagonists abound. This is never more true than in fiction. The Antagonist is a vital and necessary part of the narrative process. These “bad guys and villains” are the lifeblood of one of the foundations of narration: conflict. As a writer, it is your job to ensure your protagonist has an equally oppositional force standing in his way, blocking his path toward completion of the quest. Let’s take a look at the all-important Antagonist.
First, let’s make sure we understand what an antagonist is before we proceed. Robert Mckee defines it this way:
The Principle of Antagonism: A protagonist and his story…
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