This is not the first time I’ve recommended an article by K.M. Weiland, and it probably won’t be the last. She has some great articles. Conflict is one of those areas that I’ve noticed (myself included) that authors struggle with. How much is too much? What if my readers get mad at me because of all the awful things I do to my characters? What if my characters are no longer likeable at the end of the story? Is my conflict and my character’s reaction to these roadblocks believable? The list of questions and worry can go on and on. But once we get over the initial fear we have of adding multiple types of conflict in our books, the question then arises: How do I add conflict and where do I add it?
In the article, How to Double Your Story’s Conflict in Seconds, Weiland discusses the importance of conflict and how to double it very quickly. Once her methods are applied, the resulting plot becomes complex and layered—all without the need for complicated spreadsheets or a storyboard that takes over your home office. Check out Weiland’s article and while you’re there, take a look at some of her other articles on her website, Helping Writers Become Authors. You won’t be sorry you did.
Now… go write something!