Antagonistic Obstacles

I’m currently taking a writing and blogging sabbatical due to family health issues. For now, I’ll repost selected articles from my Fiction Writing School.

Here is the link to articles on the Beemgee blog about developing fictional characters..

Hindrances to characters’ attaining what they want are either consequences of the character’s personality (internal obstacles), of the world in which the character is struggling (external obstacles), or of the antagonistic forces pitched against the character (antagonistic obstacles). An antagonist is another character’s opponent or competitor. Antagonistic obstacles are the ones that the antagonist deliberately places in front of this character in order to foil his or her attempt at reaching the goal. In other words, the central opposition to what the protagonist of a story wants is the antagonism of the story, which manifests itself in antagonistic obstacles.

To read more of Beemgee’s writing craft articles click here.

Author: Richard L. Fricks

Former CPA, attorney, and lifelong wanderer. I'm now a full-time skeptic and part-time novelist. The rest of my time I spend biking, gardening, meditating, photographing, reading, writing, and encouraging others to adopt The Pencil Driven Life.

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