"The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict and conflict," says James Frey.
So what are you to do with that? Literature teachers everywhere teach that there are 4 main types of conflict:
- Man v man
- Man v Nature
- Man v Society
- Man v Self.
- Man v Supernatural
- Man v Technology
- Man v Fate
As you build your story, each additional scene should up the ante. Make it more and more difficult for your hero to succeed. Reach the point where the reader cannot imagine that things will work out for the best. The best way to do this is to pile on different layers of conflict. Even minor characters can help with this. Then the trick is to tie it all together in the end.
Me? I have multi layers of conflict going:
- Ike v Justice AND Justice v Ike -- Could this son forgive his father?
- Ike & Justice v tornado
- Justice v society's expectations & rules regarding marriage
- Ike & Justice v guilt
You? This is your chance to add some ramped-up conflict to your arsenal. Even if you don't end up using each conflict you come up with later, you will have it at your fingertips if the need arises. Your Conflict Template is here.
Your turn. Go.
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With more and more mass shootings in America, I think of Daniel quite a bit lately. He took a stand for his beliefs. He prayed to the One True God in defiance of law. He took a stand - ON HIS KNEES. I have heard that some victims in these shootings answered, "Yes. I am a Christian." And they were shot.
Evil is rising.
Someone has to take a stand.
You can. Today. On your knees.by