Well .. OKAY!
I recently mentioned that I'm struggling with the revision of a specific WIP chapter. I even considered cutting the whole thing ... but I didn't, because it contains important information for character development, scene setting, and foreshadowing.
My usual editing, revising, and writing bible is THE FIRE IN FICTION by Maass ... but it wasn't helping me this time.
Yesterday, I posted about this new book I'm reading: THE STORY BOOK by Baboulene. I wrote that you'd have to wait for the review (you still do) ... HOWEVER ...
I just have to tell you: YAY! Problem solved!! Thanks Baboulene!
Now, this may seem totally obvious to the rest of you, but here's what helped me (from Baboulene's book). Regarding my specific problem chapter, I asked and answered the following questions:
1. Who is the protagonist?
2. Who is the antagonist (or what is the antagonism)?
3. What is the protagonist's scene aim?
4. What is the antagonist's aim (should be in direct opposition to the aim of the protagonist)?
5. What is the inciting incident of the scene?
6. How does the conflict play out?
7. How does the protagonist's emotional value switch to the positive, showing growth by the end?
(roughly taken (not directly quoted) from page 49 of THE STORY BOOK by David Baboulene)
Give it a try on a scene or chapter in your work-in-progress and see what happens.
Do you think your protagonist should experience conflict in every scene?