I’m in the throes of editing and find that I have been easy on my characters! So I thought I might chat with you and see if anyone else has this problem when they write. *Looks for hands* Anyone? Well, I thought I could list the seven things I do to make sure my characters are entwined in enough conflict to stay juicy.
- Give your protagonist two motives. Then, they must sacrifice one to achieve the other.
- Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
- Your characters’ flaws should be a barrier to achieving their motive.
- Put drawbacks on all magical or scientific objects. Let these drawbacks affect your character negatively.
- Let the decisions your characters make be the direct cause of conflict, even if they believed their decision would be beneficial.
- Your characters should be wrong every now and then.
- When faced with two choices, both should have positive and negative consequences.
Hopefully, the list helps you like it helps me. Comment and tell me your conflict tips!
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”