Conflict drives a story. It’s what makes the excitement. It provides the obstacles for character motivation. It’s what makes a reader care. Without conflict, a book has nothing but dull words on a page. Who would want to read a story where everything was happy and good? Where everything went the main character’s way? It might be nice to live, but not so entertaining to read about.
Ever read a story that should have been great, but it felt kind of flat? Possibly some of the types of conflict are missing.
Without all sorts of conflict and tension, readers will yawn. It needs to be ongoing and in every scene. There are many types of conflict and the smart writer includes all of them into the page. If they build in only one type, the story will still be dull. Continue reading