Importance of conflict

By / June 13, 2017 / writing

Developing a well-constructed conflict is one of the hardest tasks, but it is also a very important one. An effective conflict will hook the reader and keep them turning the pages. They have to feel the words jump off the page and come to life.

Each different scene should offer a form of struggle between characters. This will offer the revelations that something important is happening, that the plot is moving forward. Another step to an effective conflict is the invention of distinct and complex characters. Keep the differences of each character as polar opposite as possible. A few steps showing the scenes advancing are:

• Distinguish the characters goal. What does the character want to accomplish? What is their driving passion to arrive at the intended goal? Using the single point of view narrative will dig into the characters psyche revealing thoughts and views of the world around them.

• Stage conflict. Offer the conflict by putting a hindrance in the characters path. Whether it is an internal conflict or an external one, they both can work together to successfully to develop the point. The conflict has to be strong and convincing to come across with impact.

• Conclude the action with devastation. This is where all the stops are pulled out for the conflict to progress into disaster. It needs to directly correlate to the character’s struggle. The next obvious step is leading the character to resolving the conflict, and drawing conclusion to the calamity.

Does the reader identify to the struggles of the character or characters? When this is successful, the reader is struck with emotions, and drawn directly into the scene and keeps the pages turning. The more the reader can relate the more they want to read the work. Try to stay away from cliché’s and develop the characters with depth and passion that outrivals the best of them.

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