False Antagonist: What Are They & How to Use Them

False Antagonist

There isn’t much out there about the false antagonist. They’re a rare phenomenon in literature. It’s more of an idea than a character type that needs to be developed. Most people like to think of the antagonist as the bad guy, first and last. Sure. There may be a few enemies to defeat along the […]

How to Create the Worst Antagonists Around Town

Not many people like antagonists. They’re supposed to annoy the protagonists; to foil the plans of the heroes and create conflict. They are supposed to be a villain for our heroes to defeat. They create the conflict in our stories because they stand in the way of what we most want: money, power, for good […]

False Protagonist: What are They and How to Use Them

This quote by TV Tropes sums up the false protagonist beautifully: So you’ve got your hero. They practically have a giant neon sign over their head that says they’re a hero. It might be subtle, but it’s fairly obvious you’ve found the person who’ll save the day, get the girl/guy, and live a long and […]

What’s the Deal with Anti-Heroes?

I don’t know about you, but I think the world has fallen in love with the idea of anti-heroes. We’ve seen many of them take over the big screen in recent years. Deadpool, Venom, the Driver from Drive, Flynn Ryder from Tangled, Tyrion Lannister, etc. have captured our hearts with their humor and underlying goodness. […]

How to Create Kick-Ass Heroes that Aren’t Superheroes

I’m a fan of superheroes. If there’s a new Marvel or DC movie, I’m going to watch it. They’re good to the point of being too good. And they exemplify all the things that we wish humanity had. Thankfully, there are other, less extraordinary, and more attainable heroes that we can weave into our tales. Heroes […]

How to Create Protagonists that Readers Love

Protagonists

You can learn how to create lovable protagonists by focusing on what connects them with readers. And that boils down to a few things. The first being that you need to create round, dynamic characters that your readers relate to and sympathize with. That process starts with some character development. But because protagonists run the […]

How to Create Memorable Character Names

Names (character names or names for real people) are a big deal. Parents-to-be pore over baby name books for months looking for that “perfect” name. You want the name to mean something, to be unique. You want it to fit your character perfectly. It should hint at the story that will come as we journey […]

Psychology Can Help Us Craft Better Characters

Psychology was supposed to be my fallback career if I never made it as a writer. It was the sensible thing to do, and it taught me a lot about human behavior. I didn’t pursue a career as a psychologist for various reasons, mostly because all I wanted to do was write and edit books […]

Why is Character Development so Important?

When you ask most people what they like about Harry Potter or Gone with the Wind, it isn’t the plot that gets gushed over. It’s the characters. Our plot would mean nothing without characters to move it forward, making character development a vital part of the planning process. And character development gets confusing fast. There […]

How to Write an Ending Readers Will Love

I don’t know about you, but the ending of the book is always a bittersweet moment. On the one hand, you’re sad to leave this imaginary world and its inhabitants. On the other, you’re excited to see them triumph. It’s this bittersweet feeling that we want to instill in our readers. And if you don’t […]