Coming to the point now in my story, about 125 pages in, where I need to step up my antagonist. And this part is delicate because I don’t know how much to give away, how many clues to drop.
A lot about antagonists can be conveyed through theme and story values, so I’m going to try the McKee diagram she uses, but instead of a box with four squares and fancy terms like “negation of the negation” I’ll do a simplier version.
One way to get the antagonist into the story with foreshadowing, and to strengthen his presence in general, is to think about theme and story value and then follow that to its opposite. So if your story is about friendship, tracing that value from positive to negative would be friendship-dislike-hatred-and there’s one more step, which Samuel admits is the most difficult. What is worse than hatred? Hatred disguised as friendship.
That was pretty easy, but my story’s theme isn’t friendship, so my positive to negative values are still to be discovered. First I have to figure out what my theme is…