Friday, September 27, 2013

Storyteller's Journey

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Delving Into the Dark Side

Since beginning the second story in my MG  series, I have realized the need to feature my antagonist much more in the sequel. While I introduced the villain in small snippets in the first novel, this next tale will include him as a primary character. Consequently, I have been developing a more detailed back story and character arc for my heroine's nemesis.

During this process I have found that "delving into the dark side" has made me feel quite creepy. One night I even had a nightmare in which I was my story's antagonist - it felt awful! Although this process has been unpleasant, it has given me a better understanding of my villain, which I'm hoping will enable me to write a more textured antagonist. After all, the strength of a story rests, in part, on the challenges placed upon the protagonist. Creating a well-developed antagonist is one way to attain the tension that so intrigues the reader.

Have you ever felt a "darkness" while developing your antagonist?

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  1. I probably shouldn't comment...since I am not a writer. But...I have painted dark characters (I was drawn to do it--). They were certainly interesting . I still have some of those paintings and they are turned to the wall. I'm glad I did them, and I may do more. It seems in art...we can't ignore the flip side of positive.....(can we?) Oh, and to answer your specific question--I did feel a pall over me when I painted them!

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    1. Celeste, you're welcome to comment any time! There are so many similarities within the arts...and I find it inspiring to learn from artists, musicians, and, of course writers. Your blog has been both informative and inspiring. I hope a few of my blogging buddies will pop over there. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I can't say I've had that experience yet, but I haven't really delved into the dark side that much. My stories haven't featured a very frightening antagonist, which may be a serious lack, when I think about it.

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    1. The challenge I'm finding is to slowing increase the "darkness" in my antagonist with each book. Since my proposed series is for MG readers, I'm attempting to make the antagonist age-appropriate for young readers.

      Have a great weekend, Elizabeth!

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  3. I have felt it while reading. I don't know if my antags are bad enough. Maybe this is part of the problem of why I can't get published.

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    1. I know what you mean about feeling a darkness while reading certain books. I guess it's a sign that the author has the reader engaged!

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