By: K.M. Weiland
If a little of the right kind of conflict is good for your story, then how much fun can you get out of doubling your story’s conflict? The answer: oodles.
Your Story’s Conflict: The Standard Variety
The basic premise of story conflict boils down to a simple equation:
Goal + Obstacle = Conflict.
Your character wants something in the story overall and each specific scene. But thanks to the obstacles provided by the antagonistic force, the character has trouble reaching that goal.
That’s the essence of plot right there. No story can run without that fuel in its engine. Every time your character’s pursuit of his goal is even partially stymied, he must dream up new ways of moving forward in his pursuit. And, just like that, a story is born.
Your Story’s Conflict: The Deluxe Variety
But why stop there? Readers love layers. Let’s try a more complicated equation:
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