I have to admit it — antagonists are not characters that I spend oodles of time noodling over. After all, I’m telling the story of my POV character. That’s where my focus lies.
Add to this the fact that I’m writing for kids and the field of possible antagonists tends to narrow. You’ve got unreasonable teachers and intimidating bullies. Maybe there’s a perfect know-it-all kid that makes my main character feel like dirt.
After awhile, these types of antagonists feel a little vanilla.
What is your own personal rut where antagonists are concerned? This is the topic I wrote about for yesterday’s Muffin posting.
Why not go out on a limb and try a different type of antagonist for your work in progress?