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.