Conflict is More Important than Character

Steven Capps

I know that this is an unpopular opinion. Truthfully, there are countless people who are smarter and more successful than I am, who believe the exact opposite. Up until a few days ago, I believed that of all the elements of a story the concept of character was, by far, the most integral element of a narrative. I am not saying that it is unimportant, but rather the idea of conflict has more power in creating a compelling narrative. It drives tension, creates depth, and is pervasive in every element of skilled storytelling. To kick off this discussion, I want to present my view of character.

Character: The Lens of the Reader

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Characters are representations of people who have a role in a story. I argue that in order to qualify as a character, the person depicted actually has to engage in some sort of activity relevant to the Point of View…

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4 thoughts on “Conflict is More Important than Character

  1. Conflict is more important than Character!
    Oh no it isn’t
    Oh yes it is
    Oh no it isn’t
    OH YES IT IS
    OH NO IT ISN’T!
    OH YES IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hmmmm…. I’m beginning to see your point!

    All joking aside… great interesting post from Steven that helps focus on movement within the narrative and how it is employed to create and sustain tension, then resolution, in the reader.

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