Conflict is so ubiquitous that it can be hard to pinpoint. It’s rarely something tangible or concrete. In literature, it can take so many different forms that there’s no single best way to find the conflict in a story. And yet, there are some basic steps that any reader or writer can take to demystify conflict.
This article will give you a character-led process that can help you identify the different elements of conflict that keep stories focused and compelling. To demonstrate this process, we’ll reverse-engineer the 2001 film Legally Blonde as an example. If you’re ready, don your favorite pink item and prepare to bend and snap your way into a book-worthy conflict!