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NaNo Wip: Villains (Help, I don't do those!)

Introduce the main antagonist 

of your book!

Oh, wow. I never even thought about this before. I think the antagonist is defined as the person that thwarts the goals of the MC? In that case the main antagonist would be Zilla's best friend, Cinderella???
What a thought. I still have the stepmother and stepsisters in this book, but they are back ground villains that stand in the way of Cinderella, not Zilla.
As for introductions: Cinderella is very much like any other Cinderella. Kind to everyone and anything. Lovable. Petite. Beautiful. And the one that Prince Charming (Prince Dashel in my story) loves.
Only one girl is Cinderella, thus most of us will not have a Prince Charming waiting to save us. 

What do you (the writer) have 

in common with the 

antagonist?  What do you not have in common?

I can relate to Cinderella's tough life. I do find more good in life, like she does — though I'm not as positive. After all I'm not Cinderella. I am definitely one of the other girls attending the ball. But I have been hated before for being me. So I do relate with Cinderella in that way.

What does your antagonist do when he/she is 

mad?  Do they have a soft spot?

Cinderella is like all soft spot. If she gets mad she cries in the garden and wonders why she was left to live and her father made to die. She doesn't really get mad. Just very sad. Which is still a horrible thing for such a sweet girl like Cinderella. 

Who is your antagonist’s worst enemy?  

Cinderella's worst enemy would be her stepmother, Lilith, and her stepsisters, Athaliah and Sapphira. And it's not because she hates them but because they hate her and the sisters especially are always looking for ways to torment her — such as changing her beautiful name, Ella into the horrid name of Cinderella. Even so, Lilith is to be more feared because she is the one that is determined Cinderella shall never escape. 

What is their greatest fear?

Cinderella's greatest fear would be having to live forever with her stepmother, or having to wait on her stepsisters for the rest of her life. An even deeper fear that she never considers is losing Zilla's friendship . . .

What is your antagonist’s weapon of choice?

Cinderella harming someone else could never happen. I doubt the girl could even kill a mouse. Haha see what I did there. ;D

How would your antagonist surprise your 


You think you know her story — but do you? And even then . . . when you're expecting something to happen and it does happen I suspect there will still be surprise. I won't tell how or where or why because that's called spoiling all the fun ;D 

What is one thing your villain would never do?

She's not a villain though ;0 But Cinderella has always known that her father bought her the services of a fairy godmother. Cinderella has only told Zilla. And much to Zilla's frustrations, Cinderella refuses to call on the aid of this woman's temporary magic. And thus, they have no idea who the woman even is. 

What lie does your antagonist believe about 

the MC?

Cinderella believes that Zilla loves everyone as much as she does. She also believes that Zilla needs happiness more than she does. 

What is your favorite thing about your 


That she's Cinderella hahahah. Is that cheating? If so I'm still sticking to my original answer.

If your antagonist was your MC, what would 

your book look like?

Just like the traditional Cinderella story, or some version of that. ;D

Jules @ Saver of Memories (The Creator)
Ceci @ Ceci Creates
Lisa @ Inkwell
Julia @ Lit Aflame
Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer
Brooklyne @ Showers of Blessings
Keturah @ Keturah’s Korner

Am I evil for not having a truly evil person as 
my antagonist? Well, to my defense, at least I didn't say Zilla was her own antagonist (which still may have been very true). 

Current NaNo word count: 27,043 words.

So, tell me — how do you like Cinderella? What's your favorite version of this story? Have you ever tried to rewrite the story? 


  1. Having Cinderella as your antagonist is really cool! Especially since she's so sweet......can’t wait to see how it turns out! And congratulations on that word-count!

    1. Yeah . . . she's definitely still sweet. It's just how the MC views her haha. Thanks!




    *disinterested shrug*

    *frantic gestures*

    That's hilarious, that Cinderella doesn't want to use the godmothers magic. That's a first. And it's brilliant.

    1. hahaha! Thanks ;D It's part of a deeper subplot I have going on, but can't tell more for fear of revealing spoilers ;D

  3. The title of this post is my writing life! >.<
    Great answers though, Cinderella sounds so interesting!!

    1. hahahahaha!
      Thanks! She's such a fun sweet character - a great contrast to my MC.

  4. This is such a twist! I'm so very interested to see how it plays out. :]

  5. Oooh the sweet best friend IS the antagonist. I like this. I like this immensely.

    (And I so totally relate to the title of this post, haha.)

  6. I kinda love that Cinderella is the villain!

    1. Haha, thanks! Of course, she's the sort of villain that's really only a villain to the MC. Really, she's not a bad girl at all :)

  7. I love fairy tales and have an especial soft spot for the Cinderella story. I love the idea of making her the antagonist. I tried to rewrite it once with Cinderella as a pub landlady.

    1. Another fair tale lover friend! Thanks :) And that sounds like it could be an interesting story ;D Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  8. Oooh this is really interesting, it's so cool to see a Cinderella retelling where she is the antagonist and not the MC! I can't wait to see how this story develops. :)

    1. Thanks! It's so encouraging to have so many cheering me on! This story is nearly done (so is NaNo), but I already have big changes planned for the second draft ;D

  9. Zilla's antagonist is her best friend?? That's so cool, Keturah!! Stories where the antagonist is a good guy who gets in the way of the protagonist's goal are so fun!

    And I love the idea that you can buy the services of a fairy godmother! That seems like it could open up a few intriguing plot directions.
    - Jem Jones

    1. Thanks, Jem! I think so, too ;D

      I love this part, too. But somehow it's sunk to the plot so it's not that huge of a thing and might even drift out of it altogether ;0 Which I'm kinda sad about. I'll try to add more to it in draft two, but we shall see.

  10. Ooh, wow. this sounds super intriguing! I'm so interested to read your story now. And I love that last question: how would your story be different if the antagonist was the MC. That's so thought-provoking!


    1. Yay! So glad you think so. I plan to spend a good amount of 2019 on the second draft of this novel ;) And I loved that question, too, haha!


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