Why Your Story Conflict Isn’t Working (And How to Fix It)

by Janice Hardy
Conflict is one of those aspects of writing that has caused more than its fair share of writer frustrations.  Like many writers, I’ve spent countless hours creating conflict in my novels. I’ve thrown exciting obstacles in my protagonists paths, I’ve developed sinister antagonists to thwart my heroes, I’ve devised cruel ways to put my characters through mental anguish — and my beta readers still told me, “This book needs more conflict.”

5 Tips for Writing Conflict into Your Book

When you sit down at your desk to plan your novel, you’ll probably first want to sketch out your plot, characters, and setting. That’s a good start — but you don’t want to stop there. Very often, aspiring authors ignore one of the most central tenets of storytelling: conflict.

60 Ways to Create and Heighten Conflict

Ian Irvine
Why do we Love Stories? 
Stories dominate our daily lives, in books, movies, TV, games, jokes. Newspaper articles are called stories; even songs tell stories; even advertisements. But why do all humans crave stories? For many reasons, including escapism and to learn about life, but most of all to relate to the characters (Cleaver, Immediate Fiction).

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