Why you should know your antagonist before you start writing

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Horror Movie is largely done now, but I’m struggling with the final act for one simple reason: I knew most of the characters when I started out, but not the antagonist. I’ve gone through three different possibilities before finally returning to the one I started with, and while that was a good idea I’m still stuck with the details of his actions. So much so that I’ve written more of a new novel this weekend than I’ve managed to write of that one, because in that case I know who everyone is and what they want.

Once I’ve worked that out this novel shouldn’t take long to finish, but I wish I’d done it right at the start. For the meantime, here’s the provisional cover.

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