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I think part of the problem may lie in the antagonists themselves.  I like to get inside the protagonists' heads when I'm writing about them, but the antagonists' heads are not nice places to be.  I think that's normal, but how do you get past it?

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I have been working on my novel for almost three years (I'm 17 now) and most of that has been rewriting and adding another subplot to develop the antagonists.  This subplot is all new material, including new traits in the original antagonist and some other characters that weren't in the story before, but I've been stuck or going very, very slowly since about June and I'm starting to wonder how to revive my interest in the work.
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Hello Carissa,

We all get weary of our work at some times.  It's OK.  My advice is to put the work on the shelf for anywhere from 4 to 6 months. Don't even think about it. Then take it down and begin to read it as though you just bought the book.  As you read, many things will pop out at you that need work and other parts should seem quite well done.  A fresh eye is sometimes all we need.

Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Hello Carissa,

This is very much a psychological question as well as a writing question.  I can only advise you to realize that you are creating characters, not living their lives. You have to get into their heads to be true to them, but then let them go ... do not live out their lives.  If you find difficulty doing that, perhaps you can talk with a counselor?  It may be normal for some writers to have difficulty, but not others, to that extent.  

Be careful and try to have fun writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

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I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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