How To Create Unintentional Antagonists In Your Novel – Tip From MN Dog

puppies-3-1383815-640x960 (1)That middle sag in your novel sometimes needs a boost to add life to your novel. If you have added the conflict and it still runs a bit flat, maybe it’s time to add an unintentional antagonist into your novel.

An Antagonist simply works against your hero/heroine’s goals in the story. They are not always bent on doing harm, but it works against the character’s goals. They can cause time issues, interfere in dating relationships, force you to choose between two important things.

Here is a funny story of the Dog who drove a semi in Minnesota… He is an unexpected antagonist:

This could happen to anyone. What about your character? What unusual things could happen to him/her?

How to Create Unintentional Antagonists In Your Novel:

*Search for well meaning mischief and who would likely cause it. Children, pets, neighbors, and well-intentioned family members can do this. They believe we need something different than we actually do. Getting married, settling down, etc.

*Identify your character’s goals and make a list of those who could derail them and how. A boss could derail your plans for a date, or vacation. Your landlord could require you to move at last minute. A past secret could put you in the position of not being straight forward and cause conflict.

*Maximize this moment by creating higher stakes. What if the semi driver in this news cast were going to lose his license if he got one more ticket. All of the student cute meets disaster and creates conflict in the story and in the characters emotions.

What quirky things from life have you used in the middle of your novel to make it more interesting?




About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “How To Create Unintentional Antagonists In Your Novel – Tip From MN Dog

  1. lilaskid01 says:

    Great ideas, Michele. Love the puppy picture….could well imagine that cute urchin being an antagonist.

  2. This gave me an idea for a twist in my story! Nothing to do with dogs or semi’s, but it triggered a great plot twist…and that’s what it’s all about lol

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