Today’s prompt is from best-selling novelist and popular writing teacher James Scott Bell. Thanks, Jim
The Prompt from JSB
Write about your antagonist’s life at the age of sixteen. What were the events that shaped this character back then, and still haunt today?
James Scott Bell is a best-selling author of books for writers and thrillers like Deceived, Try Dying, Watch Your Back, and One More Lie (International Thriller Writers Award finalist). He writes frequently for Writer’s Digest magazine and blogs every Sunday at The Kill Zone. You can find some of his books for authors here.
Tips from Julie
- Choose the antagonist/villain of a previous story.
- Or choose the antagonist of a work-in-progress or the novel you’ve been planning to write but can’t get a handle on.
- Remember that an antagonist isn’t necessarily the villain — just the character that gets in the way of your hero’s dream