IWSG: Antagonism


It’s June and the first Wednesday of June and that means it is time to post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, where once a month we get together to share our insecurities, our successes, and generally help share the burden of the writing life.

This past month has been a bit crazy. I had a recurrence of poison ivy while trying to weed, which has started to make me feel like I’m at war with my yard – and my yard may be winning. This past weekend I had a migraine while watching this experimental art house film. I had to leave and sit down for a minute while my eyes stopped seeing weird things in the corner. Seriously freaky. Life is hard sometimes.

At this moment in my writing life, I’m fleshing out character development for my antagonists in particular. I struggle with writing about evil, real evil. I keep wanting to pretty it up, to save the bad guy from him (or her)self. Not in a cool, antihero way either. In a Care Bear, let’s all hug away the bad guy’s secret pain sort of way.

I think my watered down conflict is an extension of my own insecurity, a tendency to want to avoid conflict at all costs. Maybe I need to dig deep and not be afraid of the worst that could happen. That sounds so scary though. Why can’t we all just get along? Like how Sherlock and Moriarty hug it out in the end – all the way to the bottom of Reichenbach Falls, right?? Right… 🙂

How do you deal with conflict in your writing? What kind of conflict makes for a good book? Can you think of your favorite literary villain? What makes that villain really work? How does their story end – or how do you picture it ending?

Happy IWSG Day!