#IWSG: Protagonists Vs. Antagonists


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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The awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Elsie Amata, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

Remember, the question is optional! March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

Me? It’s been a long time since I’ve written from the perspective of the antagonist. I’m not sure I even remember the last time. (It would almost certainly be a short story.) (Or a few short scenes in a novel.) For me, this is about maintaining a hopeful outlook. I’m not saying my stories aren’t dark. If you’ve read some of them, you’d know I was lying, anyway.

But writing from the protagonist’s point of view doesn’t drop me into the same vat of cynicism that writing from the antagonist’s would. My protagonists are people who believe they can make their world(s) better. That’s a mindset I can live with long-term.

I’m happier in real life, when I write from the perspective of the protagonist, and in a world where the stakes can be more positive than “the bad guy goes to jail.” Or, “by golly, maybe we can save the next one.” I like to think that good peoples’ efforts can change the world for the better.

So, overall, I do like writing in the protagonist’s POV better.

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  1. Angela Wooldridge


    My finished products won’t always have the antagonists POV, but I find it useful to go see what’s going on in their heads at times. It can help discover new plot points!

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    I agree with you. I am happier too when I think I am making an impact on the world for good reasons. Happy IWSG Day 🙂

  3. nancygideon


    Always happy endings in my books but rocky roads to get there. But I hear you. One needs to throw those optimistic folk in there to be rays of hope in the darkness. For me, they’re usually the secondary characters but they are oh, so important!

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    I write from protagonist most of the time, but villain’s will turn into anti-heroes if I don’t watch it.

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