Tuesday Tiny Writing Tip #95 – Books and Conflict

Tuesday Tiny Writing Tip #95 by Dilyana Kyoseva (CatMint5 on wattpad) - Books and Conflict

You are reading a book, it’s well-written, the characters are developed, but something isn’t right.

Is there a plot hole?

No.

The characters don’t connect to each other?

Not that either.

Then what could it be?

Conflict.

It’s sometimes refreshing having two or more characters just sit and make small talk. It also makes the book more realistic because let’s face it: not everything in our life is of major importance and sometimes we do chat about the weather. However, you won’t be able to keep the readers’ interest if your characters have a perfect life and there’s nothing for them to overcome. Challenge them. Trouble them. Make them misunderstand each other. Put some conflict in that book!

Imagine this: you are writing a Romance novel. If the characters just meet, smile at each other, fall in love and get married, that would be pretty boring. However, if Character 1 has been hurt in the past and is afraid of relationships and Character 2 tries to prove they are different from those who hurt Character 1 so they could win Character 1 over… Well, the efforts of Character 2 and the struggle of Character 1 to open up again even though they are scared are something to write and read about!

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