Conflict is the backbone of a great scene. Without conflict, readers are likely to get bored and the scene might seem irrelevant. In this video I discuss how to write strong conflicts for your novel’s scenes that give a sense of momentum and excitement to the story.
- All proactive scenes should have conflict.
- Conflict is not just something bad that happens. Conflict only occurs when an obstacle stands in the way of what the character wants.
- Whether the character is able to achieve their goal for the scene or not, the conflict is still necessary.
Questions to Ask About Your Novel
Look at a few scenes in your novel. Is there a clear conflict?
Is there a true obstacle in the way of what the character wants or is the “conflict” really just something bad that happens to the character that’s irrelevant to the character’s journey? Make sure that each proactive scene includes a conflict that truly disrupts the character’s ability to achieve their goal or requires the character to take action in order to get what they want.
If you have any questions about conflict in scenes, please post them in the comments.
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