So I was writing along, feeling pretty good about my word count when I came to the end of a scene and hit a blank. I knew there was something missing. Something that I should be turning my focus on next to further the story, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what.
I re-read a little of what I had already written, tweaked a minor character death, then returned to my very basic outline for ideas. That was when it hit me. My antagonist hadn’t gotten any screen time yet. So I opened up a blank page, set my fingers on the keys, and froze once more.
Who was my antagonist again? I mean I know what he is supposed to do, but who is he? What does he look like? What does he sound like? Does he wear too much cologne? Walk with a limp? Hate sweets and bright colors? I didn’t even have a name.
So I thought about it for awhile, got really sleepy and went to bed. (Yeah I’m a procrastinator.) Then I woke up in the middle of the night for a trip to the bathroom and got assaulted with ideas.
Moral of the story? Give careful thought to your villains before you sit down to write because they have no qualms about bludgeoning your brain at 2am.