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It’s Good to Be Conflicted

    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.

Conflict: Thematic vs. Actual

    Think about the most boring movie you’ve ever seen.

Conflict: Desires and Goals

    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.

Conflict: Move That Bus!

    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.

(Narrative) Debt and Simple vs. Compound Interest

    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.

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