Antagonists think of themselves as the heroes. Chuck Wendig expounds on this idea: “The antagonist is the hero in his own story. In fact, your story’s protagonist is the antagonist’s antagonist. BOOM DID I BLOW YOUR MIND? People who do bad things often justify their own actions as being somehow positive … This isn’t to say that the antagonist’s desires must be noble (“I had to kill all those people to save the orphanage!”), only that he will have convinced himself of his own nobility. The antagonist thinks he’s right. And doing the right thing. Even when it’s awful.” Aaron Sorkin offers this advice, “Anti-heroes or even outright antagonists … you really want to write them like they’re making their case to God why they should be allowed into heaven.” Consider your story from your antagonist’s perspective. What does it look like?

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