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  • #38360
    Samuel
    @samuel

    So in my current novel, still in outlining, I have almost everything sorted out for the basic premise and plot—Everything, except for how I’m going to make the antagonist-protagonist conflict personal and emotional instead tacking on the antagonist (*cough* Dr. Strange *cough*)

    Long post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…But it’s long

    So the basic plot so far goes that the antagonist wants to right the death of his family by taking over the military and political scene via high-tech, powerful weapons, one of which the protagonist, Matthew, comes across after he ran out after an argument with Dad, an exosuit.

    I won’t take the time to explain Matthew’s Want, Need, Lie etc. But my problem here is that even though I’ve set up Matthew’s adopted sister as being the antagonist’s daughter that he left behind in pursuit of his goal (which won’t be revealed until climax), I don’t have a way of making the antagonist’s goal personal between him and Matthew and/or threatening something Matthew loves. (The antagonist’s goal and Matt finding the exosuit¬†gets in the way¬†of Matt’s goal/Want, but Matthew doesn’t really have a reason to stop the antagonist or take responsibility for it besides “It’s the right thing to do”, which won’t work. Matthew’s Want/Need is to find freedom from his father/find peace with his father, and the antagonist’s meddling in trying to get the suit back gets in the way of that, but Matthew doesn’t have any reason to just give him the suit and go on his way.)

    Other details that may help: Matthew suffers from the torture of unrequited feelings for someone who has interest in someone else. Girl will be heavily involved in Matthew’s internal change and possibly the external plot, and I may have the other boy play an important (bad) role in the external plot but I don’t know yet. I don’t want to suffer from character overload.

    And before you say it, no, the antagonist cannot threaten his relationship with this girl or the girl herself, I feel like that’s been used way too many times, plus, too damsel-in-distress-y.

    Matthew also has another sister, 10. The one related to antag is 8. The older will play a key role in Matthew’s friction with his father, but not too important right now.

    Matthew has a best friend, a boy, an athletic, broad-shouldered type who defends Matthew’s wimpyness.

    My outline notes are at least 20 times longer than that, but that’s the gist of it.

    Anyone have any idea how I could potentially make the antag/protag conflict interpersonal? If there’s any details you might need I can give them.

    No one reads these anyway

    #38363
    Skye
    @skye

    Does the antagonist know that his daughter/Matthew’s sister is alive?

    You could have the antagonist do something terrible to Matthew’s dad to try to get the exosuit (not knowing, of course, that dad doesn’t have it). Then Matthew would feel terrible, too, because he had been arguing with dad before whatever tragedy befell him.

    I dunno… hopefully this helps some! Though I feel like it probably won’t, haha. Best of luck!

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    #38365
    Samuel
    @samuel

    @skye

    Whoa.

    I actually really like both of those, thanks. I think I’ll use one (or both).

    No one reads these anyway

    #38400
    Skye
    @skye

    @samuel

    Cool! Glad it helped!

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