For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.
On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy.
Today is the letter Q, which is for Questions. A good way to get to know your antagonist is to conduct a character interview. This fun exercise can give you a lot of insight into your antagonist, and the better you know him/her, the easier it will be to bring them to life.
You can either get someone to ask you a list of questions or play both the interviewer and interviewee. But all responses should be done as if you are the antagonist. This means that their word choice, manner and attitude should be reflected in their answers.
The key is to ask open-ended questions so your character has to elaborate beyond a simple “yes” or “no.” So instead of asking, “Were you scared when you were kidnapped?” ask “What was going through your head at the moment you were grabbed?”
Try to stick with questions that will benefit your story. You want to uncover the goals and motivation of your antagonist. And you might just uncover some of their soft spots too.
Need help coming up with questions? Here is a website that lists 50 Questions you can ask your antagonist.
And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…
A is for Apocalypse
B is for Bad Boys (parenting)
C is for Cruella de Vil
D is for Darth Vader (Quote)
D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)
E is for Evil (Writing)
F is for Freddy Kruger
G is for Gollum
H is for High School (parenting)
I is for Iron Monger
J is for Jafar (Quote)
K is for Killers (Writing)
L is for Loki
M is for Maleficent
N is for No (parenting)
O is for Oggie Boogie
P is for Professor Moriarty (Quote)