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Write a Great Antagonist

Barbara Vance, Author, Illustrator

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13 Lessons (1h 51m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Villain vs Antagnist: The Difference Between

    • 3. Making Your Antagonist a Genuine Threat

    • 4. Motives and Goals

    • 5. Motivation Examples

    • 6. Antagonist as Loved One

    • 7. Humanizing the Antagonist

    • 8. Antagonist as Main Character

    • 9. Mental Struggle as Antagonizing Force

    • 10. Social Issue as Antagonist

    • 11. The Unseen Antagonist

    • 12. Villain Archetypes (with examples)

    • 13. Next Steps to Fleshing Out the Villain & Project

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About This Class

This course will help you craft a fleshed-out antagonist who brings out the best in your protagonist, ensures maximum conflict in your story, and is memorable!

Writing a great antagonist is hard. You want to make sure he is a genuine threat to your protagonist, but you also want to make sure he is realistic and relatable. This is a hard balance. Many writers make their antagonists cardboard by not fully developing. Because of this, they end up being unthreatening, which diminishes the conflict in your story.

This class comes with great class notes and a wonderful worksheet to help you brainstorm and plot out the topics discussed. These may be downloaded by clicking on the Projects and Resources tab. They will be on the right hand column. These are only available on a computer--not on the phone. ;-)

 ALSO, the class notes include a **fantastic** list of recommended books and films that demonstrate some of the best antagonists in literature and film. There is a lot of variety, and nearly all are contextualized in the class. They are also annotated in the notes so you have an idea of why it made my list and what to look for when reading/watching.

Topics addressed include:

  • The difference between a villain and antagonist
  • How to make the antagonist a genuine threat
  • Defining your antagonist’s motives and goals
  • What to do when your antagonist is a loved one
  • How to humanize your antagonist so he is a real person
  • When your villain is the main character
  • Mental struggles as an antagonizing force
  • Social issues as an antagonizing force
  • The mysterious/unseen antagonist
  • Villain archetypes