The storytellers journey: Chapter 6 – Good guy, bad guy

‘What do you wish to work on next, a storyteller’ The book wrote.

How about good guy and bad guy? I thought as I clicked upon the words.

The pages flipped once again. Soon they landed upon an aged page before words started to appear.

‘When creating a story it is important to keep in mind who your good guy (often the protagonist) and the bad guy (often the antagonist) is. This may change over the storyline, but it important for a story line to have a clear definition of who this for the reader’s satisfaction. Though it should also be noted, there may not necessarily be ‘a’ bad ‘guy’ – this may be a situation or a constant theme in your characters life that may cause the conflict in your story.

Here are some points other storytellers have suggested to keep in mind:

  • it is important to note that your protagnosit may not always be the good guy just as the antagonist may not be the bad guy

  • it is important to attempt to make the protagonist relatable to the audience as possible – this will make it easier for your audience to connect with the character

  • Remember, though they play the bad guy role, do not make them two dimensional. They play a crucial role in the story. Give them backstory, give them depth, give the reader a reason to hate them, but at times understand why they do what they do, even if it is not completely justified. Give your readers a reason to both hate and love them, just as you might do for your protagonist. No one is completely good or bad. These sort of stories, that involve these imperfect characters are what entice a reader to keep reading on.

  • If you are writing a series, just one antagonist/bad guy may not be enough. Having multiple, as well as the main antagonist, will keep your readers entertained.

Would you like to read some more?’

‘No thank you, I would like to continue to write some notes’

‘As you wish, dear storyteller.’


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