The Hero Of The Story – Understanding Antagonists

Many beginner writers struggle with plotting. This is often because they don’t have an antagonist.

In Writers Write we teach that the antagonist is not necessarily a bad person. The antagonist is the character whose story goal is the opposite of the protagonist’s story goal.


  1. The Antagonist As A Literary Device
  2. The Protagonist As A Literary Device

Use this diagram to help you understand the two.

Protagonist vs Antagonist

This diagram illustrates this perfectly. Each of these characters is the hero of his or her own story. Without an antagonist your hero will wallow in his or her thoughts for 80 00 words.

Read this post for more: 10 Essential Tips for Writing Antagonists

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by Amanda Patterson

Top Tip: Use our Character Creation Kit to create great characters for your stories.

Posted on: 19th May 2013

1 thought on “The Hero Of The Story – Understanding Antagonists”

  1. brilliant an generous advice, Amanda!! will thank you in my dedication page of my soon-to-be-published novel! regards, Dhun.

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