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Outling my story.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:52 am
by crit34781
I just kind of begin stories without knowing where they're going which is terrible. I'm trying to get better at outlining. There are obvious things like antagonist prevents protagonist from getting what she wants, but I'm having trouble knowing what the antagonist is in this particular story. Can it just be a a flaw of the character or does it have to be an outside force? If so, how do I implement it? This is a story about a girl selling her soul to the devil to get back at her peers for betraying her. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Thanks! :D

Re: Outling my story.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:03 am
by crit19292
Why do you need an antagonist? I often tell people that stories have antagonists because the writer did not have enough story without one. The stories I enjoy writing have enough drama, challenge, and intrigue without an antagonist.

Life has taught me that accomplishing things is not easy. Some asshole trying to stop me is just an asshole, and not worth having in my life or my stories. Remove the assholes, and what I want to do is still not easy. I have found when I remove antagonists my story has more drama (the interactions between people becomes more on personalities and not on petty differences), more stress (the problems are real problems and not just dealing with some asshole), and more emotion (the protagonists usually has to deal with his/her own failings).

Outlining is a good tool when you are stuck. I use it to track secondary characters, assure plot points, and help pace my tales. Otherwise I let my characters write themselves. It is their story, and without antagonists they are free to be themselves and not keep stopping to deal with some asshole.

At least that is my opinion.

Re: Outling my story.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:48 pm
by crit34781
hmm well that's certainly a perspective I've never heard before. I think i'm just trying to figure out what the main conflict is but you could be right. Thanks for the reply :) (sorry this post will be short as i'm having the beginnings of a migraine.)