Tuesday, January 4, 2011

CRAFT: Conflict

Conflict. What is it? If you have kids or a rocky marriage or a bipolar mother, the answer is clear.

Conflict is tension, stress, anxiety, and emotionally based.

My big A-HA moment regarding the craft of conflict came one day when I was reading one of my favorite blogs: writerunboxed.com

Now I promise, this week of CRAFT postings won't be just one big Donald Maass love-fest, but he does have really great writing advice. Here's the post that inspired me: The Elements of Awe Part II

In this post he writes:
"What does your protagonist believe beyond all else? Create a story event that forces him or her to accept the opposite."


Now, there's some conflict.

What is the best piece of advice you have for including conflict in your writing?


  1. I love Donald Maass. I have his workbook: The Breakout Novel Workbook. I use it within my writing group, too.

    He has this one activity where you think up something your protagonist or antagonist absolutely would NOT do, then have him/her do it in a scene. I love that one.

    Happy New Year, Margo!

  2. Okay, I see I'm going to have to read me some Donald Mass how-to-write books! Sounds like great info. Not sure I have my protag in my previous novel do quite such a belief switcheroo, but in my current one, I'm pulling the rug out from under all his belief systems. *grin*

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, Margo! Big 100-follower giveaway to be posted tomorrow, Wednesday!