This guide is about that killer ingredient our stories need:Conflict. It shows you exactly how to use conflict to raise tension, create a fresh story premise, and pull readers in. The guide also dives into over 100 conflict scenarios and how each can be endlessly adapted to challenge a character inside and out. Problems, Moral Dilemmas, Ticking Clocks, Obstacles, No-Win Scenarios…this book is plot brainstorming in overdrive!
I’m part of Angela & Becca’s Street Team for this release, and we have an important question to ask you:
Can You Survive Danger as Well as Your Favorite Protagonist?
It’s time to find out by taking the Conflict Challenge! I dare you to become the protagonist in a special story Angela & Becca have created. And heads up, if you survive, you win some pretty cool stuff!
Writing is hard. Figuring out what works and actually implementing that knowledge is not as easy as you would think it should be.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain
What conflict isn’t?
It is not just random things happening to a character. It is not the everyday routine that brings about routine change and interactions. e.g. going to work, eating, cooking, hanging out with friends, getting dress and so on… That would be boring to read right?
Newton’s first law: An object in motion will remain in motion with the same speed and direction until it’s affected by an external force.
Conflict is the external or internal force, in regards to the story/character,that stops the motion of the everyday routine.
It is a problem wheretwo opposing forces struggle over that problem with opposing agendas. Those opposing forces can exist within the single character too.
Conflict forces a change of direction positive or negative, leading to a revelation, or some enlightenment, or an action or decision the character takes one way or the other.
This action stems from a strong internal desire or need, and sometimes an external action that forces the character to act or both.
The strength of the conflict depends on what you need the scene to do, or accomplish, to move the story forward toward the story end goal.
It also depends on the word count limits.
In a short story, especially flash fiction, every word, and action count. You have 500 to 1000 words to get the story told. Word count for the short story goes up to, but generally less than, 7500 words. Most short stories are 3000 to 5000 words.
I have found that learning and practicing with flash fiction and short stories has improved my scenes in novel writing
More about short stories from other writers:
Using Conflicts in a Story: 6 Helpful Examples | Now Novel What are conflicts in a story? Why do they matter and what purposes do they serve? Read six examples of story conflicts…www.nownovel.com Find You’re Ending in Flash Fiction and Short Stories? Endings — The Long and the Short! I have found that learning and practicing with flash fiction and short stories has improved my scenes in novel writing too.
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