I'm in the process of revising my WIP, and I thought I'd go back and look at some of my previous blog posts on the topic of revising.
I came across THIS POST about conflict in every chapter, and I considered reposting it because I found it helpful to reread the information. However, after reading the comments again on that post, I decided maybe we should discuss what CONFLICT means, instead.
To say that every chapter, every scene, every page needs to have conflict, does NOT mean it has to have a fight, an argument, a chase scene, or a high level of action. What it means is: there needs to be opposing ideas or emotions in every scene.
Ask yourself the questions from the PREVIOUS POST, but then really think: What is my character feeling at the beginning of this scene? What does she hope to accomplish? What's stopping her? And have your character struggle (internally and/or externally) to overcome those obstacles, and have the scene end with the character feeling the opposite from the beginning of the scene. This creates tension, page turning, and an exciting story.
Does every chapter of your WIP have conflict? Every scene? Every page? Do you think that's too much?