Tag Archives: conflict

A Story Is Driven By Characters, Not Plot

A story is driven by characters, not plot. I agree. Many writers and literary experts agree. I’m not so sure it’s always reflected in book popularity, sales, and reviews, though. What do you think? Let me know in the comments. … Continue reading

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Day 21: Today’s Writing Song

This song is part of the Beyond the Precipice playlist. The lyrics to Numb by Linkin Park happen to fit the conflict between the protag, Bret, and his late father, who still holds a strong influence over him years after … Continue reading

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Incidentally, I is for Inciting Force | #AtoZChallenge

The inciting force, often called the inciting incident, is “the event or character that triggers the conflict” (Elements of Literature, nps.gov). In essence, this is what kicks off the story. Narrative First discusses plot points and the inciting incident here, … Continue reading

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C is for Crisis versus Conflict | #AtoZChallenge

Crisis is an event, a point in time. Conflict is ongoing friction that drives the plot. The crisis happens when the conflict reaches a turning point just before or at the same time as the climax. The opposing forces in … Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Readers From Asking, “Why Didn’t They Just…?”

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Stephanie O’Brien My siblings and I have sometimes joked that we could take over several fictional universes with the power of “Why didn’t they just…?” When characters fail to use an…

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Dystopian Fiction: A View on This Popular Genre

It is written that utopia is boring to readers, that we are not wired to read about no conflict (how about goals?), and that a perfect world is so unachievable there is no point in writing about it. True, but … Continue reading

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