I have to admit I only found out about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2017) today, having been out of commission for a week and a half with balloon head and cotton brain, brought on by some nameless March virus.
Allison Maruska posted her Theme Reveal five whole days ago. By the way, this looks like a fantastic A to Z topic lineup that I’m definitely going to follow. Allison, Dan Alatorre, and some other bloggers have already released their A-posts.
While I grapple with the rules of the challenge and my own Theme Reveal—what theme can I sustain for 26 letters?—here is today’s A post, with a Haiku poem tossed in for good measure.
A is for Antagonist
Wherever I turn,
His form arrests my purpose–
Always the same face.
The antagonist is an important person in your story.
The prefix anti means against. The antagonist’s desires and goals run against the protagonist’s.
THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US — 2Cellos
Just as your protagonist is a whole character with desires, motivations, strengths, and flaws, the antagonist is a similarly three-dimensional character who also tries to accomplish something—either gain it, avoid it, or prevent it from happening. The antagonist should have a personal agenda, reasons for his or her actions, and these actions should come with consequences.
This personal agenda conflicts with the protagonist’s goals, making life for the protagonist difficult and often miserable or dangerous. The protagonist and antagonist engage in figurative or physical combat, opposing and obstructing one another in emotionally tightening concentric circles toward the climax.
A powerful antagonist has his own personal story, and we can relate to him. What if he is not simply an aggressor? What if he is also a victim?
More information: 10 Traits of a Strong Antagonist by Janice Hardy