Antagonist

WHAT MAKES A GOOD ANTAGONIST?

Welcome to our cross-blog, which offers tips on writing. Every month Sydney Smith will ‘interview’ Jennifer Scoullar and me on some aspect of the writing craft. We welcome your questions and comments; feel free to respond on this page.

This month’s question is: What makes a good antagonist?

According to Wikipedia, “An antagonist is a person or group of people who oppose the main character.” But the antagonist can also be non-human. It can be a dragon, a Martian, a volcano, a disease like Parkinson’s; anything that opposes the protagonist.

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