Ten Ways to Improve Conflict in Novels
reader engaged. Without conflict, a novel can quickly become boring and uninteresting. That’s why it’s important to make sure that the conflicts in your novel are interesting, engaging, and well-developed. Here are ten ways to improve conflict in your novel:
1. Create believable characters: Characters are the driving
force behind conflict. By creating well-rounded characters with believable
motivations and goals, you can create believable and nuanced conflicts that
your readers can relate to.
2. Make sure your characters have different perspectives:
Conflict arises when characters have different beliefs, values, and goals. By
making sure that your characters have different perspectives and opinions, you
can create tension and conflict that will keep your readers interested.
3. Show the consequences of conflict: Conflict isn’t just
about two characters arguing or not getting along. It’s about the consequences
that come with those disagreements. Make sure to show how the conflict affects
the characters and their lives.
4. Introduce obstacles: Introducing obstacles can give your
characters something to overcome in order to reach their goals. This can create
tension and suspense as your characters struggle to overcome the obstacles in
5. Build suspense: Suspense is essential for creating an
engaging narrative. Make sure to build suspense in your novel by creating
situations that require your characters to make difficult decisions or take
6. Use conflict to reveal character: Conflict can be used to
reveal more about your characters. By showing how your characters react to and
resolve conflicts, you can reveal more about their personalities, strengths,
7. Give characters an emotional connection: Conflict can be
more interesting if there is an emotional connection between the characters.
This could be a romantic connection, a shared past, or a common goal. This
emotional connection can help to create tension and make the conflict more
8. Make sure the stakes are high: Make sure that the stakes
are high enough to make the conflict interesting and engaging. If the stakes
are too low, your readers won’t be invested in the conflict and won’t care how
it turns out.
9. Make sure the conflict is resolved: A conflict that isn’t
resolved can be frustrating for readers. Make sure to resolve the conflicts in
your novel in a satisfying way.
10. Make it personal: Conflict is more interesting if it has
a personal element to it. If the characters have a personal stake in the
conflict, it can make it more interesting and engaging for readers.
By following these ten tips, you can make sure that the
conflicts in your novel are engaging and well-developed. Conflict is essential
for any good novel, so make sure to create interesting and believable conflicts
that will keep your readers engaged.
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