Conflict as a plot device


Updated and reblogged for this Daily Post. It cannot be emphasised enough the importance of conflict in your plotting. Over the next week I am going to dip back into my novel about the Roman Gladiators and discuss conflict and relationships between characters a little more.

Originally posted on Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink:

I like conflict in prose writing, I like thinking about the endless possibilities and directions that could come as a result of a clash. It is the most common mechanism for driving fiction and the possibilities are endless.

In novels its impact can be even greater than in short fiction and is essential. Sol Stein in Solutions for Novelists describes conflict as “the essence of dramatic action”. Without it, fiction is mundane and directionless and characters are flat and do not develop.

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