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Creating the Antagonist

Every story is about conflict. The struggle between two opposing forces is what drives every story. Often that means that there is some form of antagonist or villain. As the antagonist, it’s easy to forget how to properly build a character, but weak antagonists can hinder your story just as much as a weak protagonist.… Continue reading Creating the Antagonist

Exercises, writing

Exercise: Creating Heroes

Pre-pandemic when thinking of heroes it wasn’t unusual to think of doctors, nurses, first responders and military personnel as heroes. If anything, Covid made us aware of the fact that there are more heroes around us than we can ever count. Heroes very genuinely can be found in every facet of life. That brings up… Continue reading Exercise: Creating Heroes

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Character Archetypes

Characters show up in all forms of storytelling. Be that in literature or in movies and television. That means the chances you’ve come across character archetypes already is high.  Archetypes are the typical examples of a particular person or thing. When discussing characters, it’s also a sort of model for a character. Don’t get confused… Continue reading Character Archetypes

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Motivating the Antagonist

Think of your favorite show, or book series. More specifically, think about the villain. Think back on every terrible thing they’ve done. Now, ask yourself why they’ve done those things. If your first reaction is to say because they’re evil, or because they’re terrible people, or any reason that can be boiled down to ‘just… Continue reading Motivating the Antagonist

Exercises

Exercise: From the Other Side

For this exercise, we’re taking a look at some non-fiction writing. There’s no need to go digging for an autobiography or grab that reference book on nineteenth-century swords. Rather, today we’re getting into some personal writing. I hope you’re ready for an uncomfortable exercise. Today, your challenge is to write about someone you don’t like.… Continue reading Exercise: From the Other Side