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Every great protagonist needs an equally great antagonist to struggle against. Without this conflict or opposition, a story will be dull, uninteresting, and unfocused. But, what is an antagonist? Must it always be a villain or have bad intentions? Can it be an object, a situation, a certain condition? Must a story have only one antagonist, or can it have several, both internal and external? Editor JoSelle Vanderhooft will discuss these questions and more in this webinar, which will teach you how to give your main character(s) a negative force to overcome.
About the Presenter: JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books, and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Utah with her family and two rambunctious kitty cats.
Hello, I'm writing a horror novel, and I want the antagonist to be more than just a monster. I want the story to be more about good-versus-evil, and I feel that a great antagonist will make my protagonist shine. I've tried to develop the protagonist into the embodiment of 'good', but I feel I've exhausted that and I think developing the antagonist will help me turn a corner.
Hello! I also write in the horror genre. For my money the best writer at representing Good and Evil in the protagonist and antagonist is Dean Koontz. If you haven't read his books, check out Watchers or Servants of Twilight to see what I mean.
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