Conflict

Analysis

Six Stories With Contrived Conflict

Conflict is the engine that moves the plot and lights up characters. But what happens when a storyteller forces conflict into places where it doesn’t make sense? That’s when you get contrived conflict, and it’s usually followed by audiences asking things like “Why are they fighting?” and … read more »

Storytelling

Depicting Internal Conflicts

External conflicts are obvious to the audience and easy for storytellers to conceptualize. The hero either defeats the villain or they get beat; they either convince the jury or they are thrown in jail. But while these conflicts are usually the first thing that new storytellers reach … read more »

Storytelling

Devising Conflict Between Protagonists

Conflicts within Team Good allow us to develop characters while adding excitement to scenes. However, most good guys have every reason to stay on good terms. Without a villain, it can be tricky to get them fighting. As a result, many protagonist conflicts rely on good guys that act out of character or manifest glaring new flaws. … read more »

Storytelling

Five Ways to Restore Tension

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Getting your audience to the finish line requires bait at every step. That bait is the tension created by your opening plot hooks. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for that tension to drop in the lulls between high-conflict scenes. Use these techniques to insert more tempting bait during those low points. Read more »