The current section of my primary project is an argument between several characters. This section brings two challenges for me.
First, keeping the antagonist as a challenger. It always bugs me when the author gives the antagonists the worst arguments. Like any conflict I’ve written, it has to be a real threat. The other side HAS to try to win, otherwise it’s just a poor read. As I’ve been planning, I’ve paid attention to both sides to keep it an argument.
Second is the strength of the arguments. The topic is ‘When is it okay to rebel against tyranny’. Now I have plenty of thoughts on this topic, but I don’t consider myself an expert on it. And neither are most of the debaters, which makes their interactions relatively easy to write. But one of the characters is much smarter than I am. Planning his section is difficult because I want him to win, but I don’t want him to win because the other guy rolled over.
My answer to both challenges is research. Not every character will be able to quote philosophers, but experience can be used to make similar points. And the intelligent character, who probably can quote philosophers, probably should.
Only time will tell if my answer was correct.
Until then, write on!