That’s the conflict I’m giving you. And I give it to you for a reason because it helps you learn something about yourself by making a decision. There are people who skim things, people who look over things that aren’t interesting right away, and there are people who try to expand themselves for betterment by reading things even outside of their comfort zone.
But this is a writing blog isn’t it?
I get asked a lot about conflict and how to do it, even how to resolve it. This happened the other day and it got me thinking about helping you with conflict. There are so many different things I could focus on, but today what’s on my mind is basically…
Why do we include conflict?
We know that every story must have conflict in it, we’re taught that rising and falling action that is built from conflict is important-but why? Why? Why?
The truth is, and this is something that we can forget as writers, is that as we write our characters must change throughout the story or there is no reason for the story. This is the same reason that you must use for conflict.
Conflict happens for a reason just like the old saying ‘Everything happens for a reason’.
In the novel that I’m working on right now my main character, Diana, has trouble seeing men as her equal, and also a similar problem with humans. This is just how she has been raised, but as far as conflict for her I had to think about what I could do to change her mind. In the female dominated society she lives in, men work for the women, however, there still are friendships that evolve especially when they are moved into the human world where they interact very differently with a society set in a more equalized, and once opposite, sets of ways. And so, forcing her to see men a little differently and learn from them was one thing, but making the men that catch her eye part of her own world was even more intriguing. I also throw in a character that is half in her world and half out, this posed a middle ground.
Diana’s is an example of a larger conflict, but not the main conflict. The main conflict obviously involves the ‘bad guy’ which we can talk about later.
For your characters and your stories, you just need to remember that no matter how large or small the conflict is, you need to give it reason, and that reason is to change something about your character.
So, here’s an activity!—and I love giving my wonderful followers activities to do so that you can practice and learn.
> – Gregor is a character that is very hard headed, but kind. He is very rash, but brave. He’s a knight, but one of the hardest things for him to do is ask for help-he just won’t do it. Think about some things that could happen to Sir Gregor in order to loosen him up to the idea of accepting help? Here’s a hint: Think about what pride is.
While you’re working on that, think about yourself too. What does it say about you, that you read this post? 😉