Instigator and Antagonist Part Two
The instigator, on the other hand, could be a completely different character. This is the person who appears mid-way through the book and shakes things up when the action is slowing down or the story is going along just a little too well. The instigator could be the lady from the SPCA who comes in to do a lecture on spaying and neutering, which both candidates are against. Or the instigator could be the mayor who wants to cut the position of dog catcher from the budget. Or the instigator might be the tree hugger from the hero’s past who knows that in a past life he worked with a perfume company that did experiments on animals and thinks that’s why the hero now wants to be dog catcher, to provide a steady supply of animals for one of those companies.
The antagonist and the instigator could be the same person, but if they are, you must let the reader know early in the book that there is more depth to this character than simply wanting different goals. I think a story is more rounded out if these characters are different people. No fair springing this on the reader like, “Oh, by the way, as you know I used to protest at these perfume companies and I remember seeing you clock in every day. I know why you’re running for this position.”
Antagonists up the ante, keep the conflict tense, and give readers a reason to keep reading your book. The instigator will provide more opportunities for your hero/heroine to prove themselves, and will introduce another subplot which readers love.
Antagonists and instigators – consider introducing both these characters into your story, and watch the tension and the action increase as all of these people try to accomplish their own personal goals.