Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Antagonists

I'm (still) working through the Maass workbook, and am up to the chapter on antagonists. This should be a no-brainer, right?

Wrong.

It occured to me that I don't have a human antagonist in Camilla. And, so, can't really do the exercise. That was frustrating. BUT, I do really that I need to pump up the conflict some more, make it clear just why my H/H can't be together (even though they must be together). So, I guess I did get something out of the lesson.

BTW, my writing group had fun with the phobia prompt. We had:

Fear of eating bugs
Fear of beautiful women
Fear of grates (you know, those gaping maws in the street)
Fear of giant mole rats

I, ahem, didn't do the prompt this week... still, it's fun to see what happens when you toss your character into the middle of their phobia.

I'm gonna do it to my characters. Over and over. Muh-ha-ha...

It's fun being a writer.

1 comment:

darcy said...

Ok, I'm way behind you in the Maass book but in a class I took a long time ago, the instructor explained that in a romance -- either the hero or heroine is the antagonist. It's also like that in some story software. Can you apply what Maass says to your H/H? Guess I'll have to flip ahead to that chapter to find out.

-d

P.S. Hope your daughter's day was wonderful!