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Conflict should be at the very heart of every story you write. Its presence throughout your manuscript, or lack thereof, can literally make our break your ability to get published. Your main characters need internal conflict, they need conflict between themselves and other characters (more than just the conflict raised by the antagonist). There should also be conflict within the setting of your novel like a picturesque countryside that isn’t entirely what it seems, etc. etc. etc.

Without conflict, or tension or raised stakes for the main characters, beginning with the first scene and ending with the resolution, stories meander, they are quiet and your readers get bored. Conflict helps readers care about the fate of both protagonist and antagonist (if your antagonist has sympathetic qualities) and it gets readers hooked. So hooked, in fact, that they will read your entire book just to find out how the story ends to get their much-needed resolution from all the said conflict you’ve created.

Since this is such an important topic for all fiction writers and even some nonfiction categories, I’ve chosen seven picks for the week. Feel free to read them all, or choose which ones speak to you.

#1: Confessions of a Conflict-Avoidant Writer

#2: Create Conflict in Your Characters

#3: 6 Tips for Creating Good Bridging Conflict

#4: What Dungeons and Dragons Taught Me About Story Conflict

#5: Levels of Conflict

#6: The Science Behind Conflicts in Literature

#7: Conflict, Plot Lines, And The Devil Wears Prada

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