Week 2: Plot Gardening

This week Chris talks about something he calls Plot Gardening in his Week 2 Video for 12 Weeks to a Trilogy. Writers are generally pigeon-holed into either pantser or plotter, but plot gardening shows how even a die hard plotter can work free form discovery into their writing. Watch the video below for more details and updates on Chris’s progress at week 2:

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12 Weeks to a Trilogy

Today, Chris started a new video series called 12 Weeks to a Trilogy. He describes his new project, writing a complete sci-fi trilogy in 12 weeks. The video includes details about cover art, characters, races, and more. Those of you familiar with the Void Wraith trilogy will see some familiar names! Check out the video below for more details:

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How to Write Great Antagonists

Today’s video is the third in the character series, and it discusses how to craft a compelling antagonist. Here’s a quick summary. There are three basic things you need to do for antagonists:

  1. Demonstrate their power. Whether your antagonist is a killer shark or an enemy general, you need to showcase why the hero should be terrified of them.
  2. Explain their motivation. Why is your antagonist doing what they’re doing? Sharks need to eat. The enemy general may believe your protagonist’s nation needs to be cleansed from the earth because they are an affront to his god. Whatever the motivation is, make sure the reader understands it clearly. This will help them understand the villain, even as they come to hate them.
  3. (Optional) Give them a Character Arc. Most great antagonists have a character arc. They change and grow over the course of a book (or series). The example Chris uses in the video is Darth Vader, but you can apply it to almost any memorable antagonist. How about Loki from The Avengers? The next time you watch Thor 2, consider how he changes by the end.

For more details and further explanation, check out the video below!

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