One writer e-mailed me and asked, "M
Do you think that it's important to single out a character who is the antagonist? Or is it ok for the antagonist to be an idea?"
There's probably some phenomenal work of literature that opposes me on this, but I think your antagonist needs to be a person rather than something abstract. Simply because an idea doesn't really do much. It doesn't sabotage your main character, spread rumors, or get that job that your main character totally deserved.
The antagonist role is certainly one that's shared. Heck, every character may oppose your main character at some point, and therefore be an antagonist of sorts. But I think it works best to have someone chosen as the main antagonist, as the one who's actively doing things to get in your characters way.
If you guys have writing questions you'd like answered, please send me an e-mail, and I'll hopefully be more on top of it than I was this last time. Shame on me.
One last thing I want to draw your attention to, and that's the "Write Now" tab at the top of your screen. I'm keeping a running list of the posts I'm doing for the writing process series. I thought that had potential to be a good resource for you guys. And also to help keep me on track!
Have a fabulous Wednesday, everyone!