Is your story feeling a little flat? Here’s why it needs more conflict.
Conflict is the main source of change that engages a reader and drives the plot.
Conflict + Action + Resolution = Story (in a nutshell)
There’s two types of conflict: internal, which focuses on the psychological, and external, which focuses more on physical actions. Here’s a little list that’s a mixture of both:
- Give your protagonist two motives. Then make them sacrifice one to achieve the other.
- Make your characters’ flaws a barrier in achieving their motive.
- Let the decisions your characters make be the direct cause of conflict even if they believed their decision would be beneficial.
- When giving your characters two choices, both should have positive and negative consequences.
- Let your characters be wrong every now and then.
- Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
Do you have any surefire ways of adding conflict to your story?