As always, I read the Crusie/Mayer Online Writing Workshop this morning, because there was a new post. As always, she said something that I should have already gotten through my thick skull, but for some reason, the way in which Jenny stated it made me go, "Oh. Now I get it."
It was about the antagonist. See... in my head, that's always been "the bad guy". You know: In Batman, it was the Joker (or the Riddler or...). A bad guy.
And yet, some of my stories don't have a "bad" guy. I like to think that there is conflict, but it's not always because someone nasty is doing a bad thing.
Then Jenny says:
The antagonist is the fascinating character who by pushing against the protagonist shapes the story and who, if removed from the story, would cause the conflict to disappear.Oh.
So, it doesn't have to be a "bad" guy. Well, duh.
Don't laugh... this is something I've struggled with on an ongoing basis. It's frustrated the heck out of me.
So there you have it. My lightbulb moment of the day.
In an aside, I have to tell you how much I'm enjoying the Jane Jeffrey mysteries by Jill Churchill (you remember, Tori, the ones you didn't tell me about....LOL). If you like cozies with quirky, memorable characters, these books are for you. I can't put them down.
I'm currently reading "The Class Menagerie" having just finished "A Quiche Before Dying" .... LOL... man, I'd read 'em just for the titles.