Posted on 10/12/2021 at 12:46 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Don’t let Halloween’s approach lead you astray when it comes to writing an antagonist.

Sure, that character will need some negative energy, but they shouldn’t necessarily be a monster — otherwise, they’ll feel more like a cartoon villain.

Author Sarah Tinsley, whose upcoming novel shares the point of view of both an assault victim and the assailant, has shared some advice in that area.

Her seven tips for creating an empathetic antagonist — with well-known examples to both prove her point and illustrate it — are up at C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive blog.

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