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?