In every work of literature there is usually an antagonist, the person opposite the main character. This person doesn’t have to always be bad, but in most mystery novels, he is the bad person. In The Mosquito Bites, I accidentally ended up with two antagonists. Both were total opposites of Alex Gregory. However, as the story went on, one of these two characters turned out to be a very likable person, whereas the other continued down the dark side of life.
I didn’t plan on having one of these characters turn out to be different than what she/he displayed. I had planned on the two of them being involved in the conspiracy at the corporation. But as the story and the characters developed, it appeared only nature for one of them to end up being not what they appeared. My goal was to take the reader down that path so they would be surprised when they found out the real nature of this character. It also added a new twist to the story, and left the reader questioning their own logic.
An antagonist is necessary in most stories. They indirectly enhance the main character. But you have to slowly introduce the characteristics of this person so he doesn’t stand out and give away his role in the plot. Make him an everyday person with a dark side that slowly comes little by little through the book. All characters have to be interwoven as the story develops, keeping the readers guessing and questioning their own idea of the outcome.
This again points out how important it is to develop the characters so they are living and breathing people in the writer’s mind. They will help guide the writer through the story.
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Author, The Mosquito Bites