on Fiction University:
Should you write scenes in your antagonist’s point of view?
The first novel I ever wrote “for real” (with the intent to submit it to agents) used points of view from both the protagonists and the antagonists. It was one of those epic fantasy monstrosities with about twelve point of view characters and a backstory history I thought could become its own series (I shudder at the thought now).
This novel will never see the light of day, but it still has the best villains I ever wrote.
They were layered. They were compelling. They were interesting. But mostly? They were fun to both write and read about.
I had no idea what I was doing back then, so I think the reason they turned out so well was because I wrote from their perspectives. I had to know them to do that, so they became real people with real problems they were just trying to sort out, same as my protagonists.
When you walk a mile in your antagonist’s shoes, you have a much better understanding of who they are, what they want, and what they’re willing to do to get it.