5 Ways To Increase Conflict in a story

We all agree a novel is not a novel without some form of conflict or affliction the characters are to face, overcome or defeat. I find en route of another article I was reading. I agree with the author of this article when she said, “Readers aren’t interested in happy people leading content lives. Readers read for drama.”

I can not see a way around this one when I’m writing about Azazel. He hits below the belt, in the face or anywhere possible. His very name means “I hits below the belt” LOL! Yes, the picture above is what he is like when Ana isn’t around to tell him to “Stop it!”

#4 Don’t Hit Below the Belt:
Why do we hurt the one’s we love? Because we can.  We know the hot buttons. We know what will rile them up.  Fighting dirty always increases conflict.

  • What do your characters know about each other? How can that be dragged into the current fight?
  • Look at your manuscript and make notes where the characters can have an “oh no you didn’t” moment.


5 ways to create conflicts

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to 5 Ways To Increase Conflict in a story

  1. Charla says:

    I like it when a novelist give clues throughout the story what the conflict is. Unless it’s a mystery story.

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