Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Conflict, Conflict, Conflict!

You gotta have it in your story. It's crucial. Always always keep this in mind:
YOUR STORY WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT CONFLICT.
Remember your structure: at the beginning of your story, your main character's life gets thrashed. Turned upside down. Ass over teakettle. Now he's got a big problem in his hands. And he's gotta take care of it or there'll be hell to pay. There's your conflict. You need it because conflict is your story's primary driving force. It's the thing that's getting in your MC's path and keeping him from getting to his goal. That goal is the solution to the problem. So your MC has to find a way over, under, around, or through that conflict. And that makes for good story. And that's what you want: Good story. Now pay attention to this next tidbit. Conflict doesn't have to be explosions, running gun battles with ninjas, or laser sword duels with alien invaders. Sure, it's fun. But not always necessary. See, conflict can take one of three forms:
  • Man vs. Nature/Society
  • Man vs. Man
  • Man vs. Self
Use it. Use it, use it, use it. For the love of all that's holy, use it!! Use all three forms if you want to. But use it. Or you won't have a story. You'll have crap.

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