Preptober Prompts Day 15

A happy Friday to you all! We’ve made full circle to my normal post day. Feels good. πŸ˜‰

Today’s Preptober Prompt is How does your antagonist change over the course of the story?

This is a big one. I have yet figure out how to convey this well in my novel 51 (one of the reasons I plan to rewrite and change it). The antagonist, Emmerson, slowly shifts from a kind, charismatic politician (who may have some compromised morals) armed with big ideas on how to help people, to a paranoid control freak who can’t stop obsessing over his one project as it consumes his life. It’s a very slow process but it happens all the same.

With it, he slowly changes the way he relates to people as he becomes more obsessed with his mission and as his position rises, until he’s forgotten what it’s like to have a friend or even just talk to someone.

How does your antagonist change over the course of the story?

12 thoughts on “Preptober Prompts Day 15”

  1. Ooh, Emmerson sounds like a cool antagonist.
    I have several antagonists, most of which are sadly underdeveloped. πŸ˜‚ But one of the main ones, Dayetra, starts out a stressed, overwhelmed future-alpha who’s struggling to live up to others’ expectations. His desperation to not let them down leads him to making some pretty poor choices that hurt a lot of people, and eventually the realization of everything he’s done smacks him in the face and he spirals into depression.

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    1. Hey thanks! Hopefully he’s as cool as I apparently make him sound. XD
      Oof I relate to that. I think this is my one story ever in which the antagonist has… well… anything? lol
      It’s an area I need work in.
      Dayetra sounds pretty developed though. I like how his arc isn’t about hating over people or holding malice but it’s something that is much more subtle and thoughtful. Instead of just saying “OH HE’S BAD BY ESSENCE. Yep and that’s about it.”
      Very nice!!

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    2. In fact, it’s pretty telling but when I read your comment I had to double check we were talking about antagonists lol.
      I was like… am I sure this isn’t her protagonist?? Relatable, deep, with flaws.

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      1. Aww, thanks! That makes me so happy. He’s definitely different from any other antagonist I’ve ever written. I actually love him (even though Lotro would like to see him wiped off the face of the earth, haha), and there’s a lot of me in him. The way his story ends breaks my heart, and like… I would give him a redemption arc but the theme demands… 😭😭😭

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  2. Emerson’s arc sounds awesome!

    I’m not entirely sure what Julen’s arc is, actually. I think he might question his methods of pleasing his father (i.e. conquering as many kingdoms as possible), but ultimately he’s likely to double-down on those methods as he’s mocked for his weakness, and he scoffs at himself for ever imagining his father could be like the Elfbournes’.

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  3. Well since I tried to answer and it kinda killed it I’ll give the condensed version. πŸ™‚
    No antagonist really, they’re all kind of mouthpieces for the real antagonist which is (you guessed it) the system type thing. The system gets more and more controlling and we want every aspect of your life done the way we want it style.
    The only real antagonist they get to know personally is the protagonist’s dad, who begins by just taking a high-end job to get enough money to support his family. Then he gets so that he barely knows his family. Then at last he decides keeping his job is more important than his family, and tries to trick Adira (MC) into betraying her family/friends since she has knowledge he doesn’t. Then eventually he gets a redemption arc several books later. Probably. I think. I’m only starting to write the first book in NaNo, so it could change. πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s really neat! Honestly I like reading books and stories where there’s no clear mastermind antagonist person.
      Oooooh redemption arc.
      That’s where I would cast my vote. πŸ˜‰


  4. I have two antagonists, Lon and Kayo, who happen to be brothers. But they are so separate in their goals and their path direction that they are not helping each other at all. XD
    Honestly, when I think of change for Lon I hit a wall of *spoilers*! He does have a lot of change coming to him, but there is a lot about him that I want to keep a secret, so… that’s that.
    And with Kayo, I already mentioned some of his change, and as I mentioned before, he’s in the background at the moment. Cause he still hates Smoke with a passion but had some personal growth (see comment on side character’s prompt) while Smoke was busy with other stuff far away from him. It helped him a lot not to be reminded on nearly a daily basis of the wrongs Smoke did to him, since those two events ties in with his self-worth issue. And he becomes more mature in his thinking and behaviour. (Yes, he has a positive arc.)
    (Wow, I thought I would give more answers for this, but Lon has hidden himself behind spoilers so… *sigh*).

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