Friday, December 31, 2010

Creating My Antagonist

So after many months of pondering, I have finally put together a plausible and tangible antagonist for my book "Dis-Ease" (working title).  My protagonists are average citizens turned mental patients thanks to some of the side-effects of their cure.  However, Jacob, my main character, is out to prove to the world that the government is wrong and that these people are not crazy but possess special gifts.  As much as I hate writing politics it makes perfect sense that the antagonist be some kind of government authority or interest group.  The Food and Drug Administration or the Department of Health (which oversees that agency) would be what I was shooting for, and I would create a character who leads the efforts to suppress media coverage.  The goal of my protagonists are to expose the truth on national television and broadcast to the world what's really going on with the cure for Miller's Disease.  Think John Carpenter's "They Live" minus aliens and a brainwashing satellite signal.


Nora B. Peevy said...


I am a writer as well. From your post it sounds like you outline your stories. Do you find this helpful? I never outline my work. I find it disrupts the organic flow of my imagination. The few times I have tried, I deviated so far from the outline, anyway.


Nevada Wolf said...


I use all sorts of pre-writing tools - story synopsis, chapter by chapter synopsis, character profiles, author FAQ, etc. I find, for me, that it helps me get more involved in, not only the story building process, but also the story itself. For me, if I don't use any of these tools then I tend to go really far off of the main plot of the story. But, everyone has their own techniques. Bestselling author Terry Goodkind kept the story of his characters in his head for years before he finally put anything down to paper.