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    7 Tips On How To Make Your Antagonist More Prominent
    This article is by Erica Sunarjo.


    It’s a common mistake believing that writing is a simple, straightforward process. People usually imagine writers sitting in front of their laptops and writing what comes to their minds at the moment, as their inspiration takes over. The truth is writing a piece of work takes a lot of planning, correcting, adding, and rewriting. Everything needs to be planned out to the smallest detail, in order for the work to be believable and gripping.

    Same goes for the characters - and not only the ones with good intentions. Antagonists are just as important as the protagonists. Generations have fallen in love with villains starting from Hannibal Lecter to the Joker. Now it’s your turn to make a killer antagonist (pun intended!).

    Here are 7 tips on how to make your antagonist more prominent.

    1. Physical Appearance

    Your readers need to know exactly what they’re dealing with so make sure to go into detail when describing the physical appearance of your antagonist.

    Use vivid descriptions and don’t miss out on any details. Give your readers everything:
    • What’s his face like?
    • Is he tall, short, strong, muscular, thin…?
    • What’s he wearing?
    • Does he have a birthmark? What is it?
    Try making him as unique as possible. Just like...
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  2. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Staff Administrator

    Which antagonists do you find most compelling?

    One of my all-time favorites is Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. So many things make him interesting, including his bizarre haircut and his unorthodox choice of weaponry. The character sees himself as the hand of fate, and in many ways is the personification of death. All in all, he is unforgettable.

    Which antagonists made a similar impression on you?
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2018
  3. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Vala

    Bob Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird. He was someone I felt reviled by and somewhat sympathetic towards all at the same time. He was trapped by the circumstances that made him such an unpleasant [to put it mildly] person. He couldn't see anything except what he already knew... His eyes are as shut as Scout's are open.
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