Do You Need More Conflict?

December 29, 2014 by No Comments

Do You Need More Conflict?

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In many ways the question above is one of the most important questions any fiction writer can ask themselves about their work. Story comes from conflict so if there isn’t enough conflict then your story will probably be boring and uninteresting to your readers. We’ll look into this issue, and how to solve the problem below!

Why A Lack of Conflict is Bad

K.M. Weiland on Helping Writers Become Authors nicely explains how a story can become dull if the conflict isn’t strong enough with three points:

  1. Repetition
  2. Lack of Thematic Depth
  3. Flat Filler Scenes

You can find the reasons behind each of K.M. Weiland‘s points in her article Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 31: One-Dimensional Conflict and we suggest you head over to Helping Writers Become Authors to read them.

How Do I Know I Have Conflict in My Story?

While it may seem obvious to some, it can often be hard to work out if you have enough conflict in your story. Luckily Amanda Patterson on the Writers Write Website has a great conflict test that consists of twelve questions. You can find the test in The 12 Question Fiction Writing Conflict Test on the Writers Write Website. We fully recommend it.

How To Add More Conflict To Your Story

If you checked out Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 31: One-Dimensional Conflict you’ll see that K.M. Weiland provides three questions that, if you answer, will increase the conflict in your writing. They are:

  1. How can you create varying levels of conflict between your protagonist and every other character in the story
  2. What are the other characters’ goals and how do they interfere with the protagonist’s goal and each other’s goals?
  3. How can all the layers of conflict drive the main plot and be thematically pertinent?

As before you will find the details behind each question on the Helping Writers Become Authors website.

What is your favourite way of adding conflict to your stories? Tell us below!

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