Kathryn Ledson

Anyone for Tennis?

What inspired my novel, Grand Slam? Well, at just 14 years of age, I was a champion tennis player. They talked about me as the Next Big Thing. My serve was faster than all the boys my age and I never double-faulted. My long (tanned) legs transported me with unsurpassed speed around the champion courts of Australia. Tennis coaches lined up, begging to take me on as their protégé.

THE PLOT TRIGGER

Welcome to our monthly blog - a writerly chat between Sydney Smith, Jennifer Scoullar and me, where Sydney poses a question; Jen and I answer, then Sydney smacks our wrists and provides the REAL answer. :) Our discussions offer tips for writers at all levels. This month we're discussing the plot trigger.

WHAT IS A PLOT TRIGGER?

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.

Sydney:

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