Conflict is the life’s blood of fiction. Conflict means
something’s happening. Conflict brings change. And there’s also the little
matter of human nature’s voyeuristic fascination with other people’s confrontations. “No conflict, no story” is a rule of fiction familiar to even the noobiest of
noob writers. We’re told to pack in the conflict. Make sure there’s conflict on
every page. When the story feels slow, just add a little more conflict. Conflict,
conflict, conflict—it’s the fiction fix-all.
Your Story’s Conflict Is Broken
[Your reader] demands that your character’s efforts have meaning. They must be the consequences of prior development and the product of intelligence and direction. So, unless you’ve planted proper motivation, he’ll resent it if your boxer, for no apparent reason, slugs a cop or stomps the arena doorman. Nor will he be satisfied, for that matter, if a gang of young hoodlums chooses this particular moment to pelt your vanquished warrior with rotten eggs, not even knowing who he is.
Creating Meaningful Story Conflict
Subtle or Sidelong Story Conflict
Tell me your opinion: How does the conflict in your latest scene present an obstacle to your character’s goal?
Related Posts: The Necessity of Conflict
Is Nothin’ Happening in Your Scene?
When Arguments Are a Good Thing: Conflict in Dialogue
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Story by K.M. Weiland