Conflict is one of those concepts that writers can sometimes struggle with, especially when we’re new to writing. So let’s make it easier to understand and include in our stories.
Outside of the writing world, conflict is usually considered a bad thing. Conflict is often thought of as fighting—and thus to be avoided.
But in the writing world, conflict is about far more than just “fighting,” and more importantly, our stories need conflict. In fact, as agent Donald Maass said years ago, our stories should have some sort of tension on every page.
So what is conflict and how can we make sure our story has enough?