Antagonist and Contagonist..Do they have to be in every chapter?
Question: Great website! I hope you can help me. I'm in the process of writing the chapters to my novel. But I would like to have a chapter dedicated to my main character and her struggle in the second act. I'd like to keep out the contagonist and antagonist to allow my readers to start seeing a true change in her. But I'm left to wonder if both the antagonist and contagonist are supposed to be in every chapter. Can I leave them out of one chapter? Answer:
Absolutely. In fact, the story would seem very odd if any character other than the main character was in every chapter (unless the antagonist and the main character were confined to a small space for the entire story).
Of course, in a multiple POV story, the main character won't be in every chapter either.
You may have subplots and multiple throughlines that unfold over the course of the novel. The events of these arcs often need their own chapters.
The art of braiding a story lies in how you weave the various arcs together, telling part of one, then part of another, etc.