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First Draft: Crafting Antagonists

In last week’s episode, I covered crafting protagonists, so I couldn’t very well forget about the other side of the coin, the thorn in our protagonist’s shoe… the antagonist.

I enjoy crafting antagonists. As a reader, I love to read a well rounded antagonist, and I look to recreate that in my own stories.

Here are my tips on crafting antagonists:

Motive

I believe this is a vital point. A villain believes they are the hero of their own story, right? Let the reader know why your antagonist is the ‘bad’ guy of the narrative.

Their reasoning can be skewed or a twisted version of what is right, but it is still a motive.

History/ Back Story

What in their history led them to this moment? This closely links in with motive. What turn of events/ incidents made them believe that what they are doing is right? It can be a lot of little moments that finally broke them, or one major trauma. As long as you show the reader the why, they will more readily accept your antagonist.

Believability

Just like I explained in the crafting protagonists post, your antagonist needs to have realistic flaws and good traits. An angry man, hell bent on world domination with no hobbies, loves, or other interests is like a stereotypical, cartoon villain. Just like your protagonist, your antagonist’s motivation can be love. It may be twisted, but it is love all the same. Every person has light and dark in them.


Do you like crafting your antagonists? What are your tried and tested tips to achieving a well rounded, believable character?


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Teaser Tuesday

CampNaNo started yesterday, so I am hoping for a fab selection of teasers to choose from over the next month. Today’s teaser is from yesterday’s mini writing session.

Pop by tomorrow for more information on the upcoming blog series!


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Character Interview: Ezrahli

Are you ready to meet Ezrahli, my anti heroine of epic proportions? Thrown to The Blue was my ‘flowing out of my fingertips’ book. I have only a few notes and just rolled with the inspiration. Ezrahli oozed out.

This post corresponds with a free promo on Thrown to The Blue on Amazon. Get your copy today.

Interview:

Is anti heroine a good summise of you?

Well, I am no heroine. Make of that what you please.

Does it bother you that you are feared rather than respected?

I would suggest that opinions of me are subjective. It depends who you ask.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Strong, realistic, and… fragmented.

Fragmented? In a good way?

Is there a good way for such a thing? Shattered through experiences beyond my control. Rebuilt by sheer determination. Now, determination is mine and mine alone.

What would you say is your worst trait?

My temper has seen men killed.

Your best trait?

I know how to get what I want.

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EVO Nation Series

I’m thrilled to welcome more new followers to Writerly Bookish Stuff, and this 4 week promo series of my books couldn’t have come at a better time. My second, official blog series starts on April 10th, so I had 4 weeks spare to get a little shameless self promotion posts out there.

First up is my trilogy of books, my first complete series, EVO Nation Series.

You can find my books on my Amazon author page. And guess what???? I have a massive promo running. EVO Nation is free for five days (13th- 17th). Go and grab your copy!

This series will always hold a special place in my heart as it is my first completed series. I love my characters, and ending book 3 felt like I was saying goodbye to good friends.

Praise for EVO Nation:

K.J.Chapman has done what I was afraid to attempt, and the results were pretty spectacular.’ – Goodreads review.

The themes explored add a depth to this story while the narrative grips from start to finish unapologetically.’ – Goodreads review.

I absolutely love this book!!! I could not put it down and read it in two sittings. – Amazon review.

An amazingly written novel that drew me in with both an incredible writing style and captivating story line.’ – Amazon review.


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5 UNDERRATED SPOOKY BOOKS TO BINGE READ THIS HALLOWEEN

Wow, what a great shout out for Zombie Playlist on hjbookblog. Head over and click that follow button for all things bookish.

So as Halloween’s just around the corner I thought of making a list of some of my absolute favorite books to get you ready for the spookiest day of the year.

Here I have compiled a list of 5 books, each belonging to a different sub-genre. These books are underrated but are bound to overwhelm you. And I cannot recommend them enough!

  1. Three Little Words by J. M. Robson: It is a Horror-Thriller novel with a solid back-story that made me fall in love with the book instantly. Here Robson, weaves an amazingly original story with the elements of horror, mystery, thrill and romance. This book is sinister and is bound to haunt you for some time.

My Review of ‘Three Little Words’

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2. Ember Burning  by Jennifer Alsever: Ember Burning is…

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Review: Is $.99 the New Free? By Steve Scott

Is $.99 the New Free? By Steve Scott 4.5/5


Do you wonder ANY of the following: Is it better to launch a book for free or $.99? Is there still a benefit to the KDP Select program? When should I move my books to another platform? How do I increase lagging sales?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s important to know “what currently works” with Kindle Publishing.

Review:

I have downloaded many Kindle pricing and promotion advice books from Amazon, and considering this is a freebie, it’s the best I’ve read. Scott provides in-depth content and undertook his own experiments with the pricing on his own books.

A worthwhile read with research and results to back it up.


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Review: Kindle Pricing and Promotion by Alex Foster

Kindle Pricing and Promotion by Alex Foster 4/5

Book Pricing and Promotion teaches you how to priceyour books for optimal results. You’ll see data from personal tests in different book categories showing you how to price your book to balance high volume sales, to maintain high page listings, as well as the best profits possible.
The book also looks at my results from popular marketing and promotional sites, both free and paid marketing. Learn how to use marketing and promotion sites for the best possible outcomes and how to correctly publish a new book for improved long term outcomes.

Review:

Pricing your book in a jam packed market is incredibly important, and Foster has tried and tested the various options and shares his statistics in this book.

There is don’t food for thought in this book. Of course, categories and competition factor, but I will be implementing some of the advice in this book and will judge the results for myself.


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