- We want to take our characters off the safe path. We want to write them into corners we’re not sure they’ll be able to get out of—and then let them figure out how to do it. We cannot let them walk away from conflict.
- Think about the most boring movie you’ve ever seen.
- In genres where there is a definite antagonist/villain, this is easier to do than in genres or stories where there is no “bad guy” to give the role of thwarting our hero/heroine.
- Have you ever felt that when watching a movie or reading a book? Like the writer did not bring the storyline to a close? This is called resolution, and it’s what you must have for the conflict in your novel.
- Now, I know most writers have just read this and thought—eww, I didn’t come here to read about economics. WAIT! Before you click away, lemme ’splain what I’m talking about.
Other posts about Conflict:
- Torture Can Be So Fun!
Creating Credible Characters–What Do You Want?
#FirstDraft60: What Does Your Character Want, What Will She Do to Get It, and What Can Stop Her? (a.k.a., Goals, Motivations, and Conflicts)
Ready, Set, Write: Generating Conflict and Collecting Narrative Debt
Writing Contest Prep: Words from a Judge on CONFLICT
Subplots: Connection, Conflict, and Range
SCENE IT! Consequences and Rewards (a.k.a., Scene and Sequel)
SCENE IT! Is there a bit of tension in here?