Short, sweet and to the point this week
Monday, Cia introduced us to our October Classic Author Feature and a great downloadable banner:
That set us up for an October Classic Author Excerpt:
On Friday, Comicfan channeled Cia to post this weeks Prompts:
Saturday, another great tip was presented to us in a Article from Comicality on Conflict:
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Awesome post. Can't stress that enough.
Conflict is the bread and butter of any decent story. Moreover, it's the bread and butter of life, whether we want it to be or not. 😄
It's not a bad thing for characters to have a lull in their lives once in awhile. I dare say it enhances those precious, romantic moments when they are interrupted by some coming storm no matter what form it takes. Some conflicts should be solvable within a chapter. Some should take a little longer. Some should come as surprises or secrets suddenly come to light. And some conflicts should carry the story all the way through from beginning to end. The more the conflict(s) affect a character, the better the character becomes in my opinion.
Conflicts urge us to rise up and be better than we thought we could be. Sometimes we win, sometimes we fail but either way, they change us in ways we don't always notice. And sometimes a failure can be than winning. We learn more from our mistakes and our characters should too. Or not... Sometimes they need to be kicked a few times until they get the message.
Life isn't easy. Our stories shouldn't be either. Yeah, some escapism is nice once in awhile. Sometimes you need your characters to just be able to sit back and enjoy the victory they've worked hard to attain. But, you are right, if they stay in that super-sweet, happy, blissful nirvana, the less interesting the story becomes. I think one of the best things in my story I wrote was that there was no clear resolution to one of my character's problem. His life was better than how it started but he's always going to have that one problem that will never completely go away. But, the fact that he doesn't give up and has someone who loves him and is determined to stay at his side makes it as close to a happy ending as he could have gotten.
Thanks, @Comicality for another great article!
Conflict, in all of its forms, is a lot of what drives a story. Man Vs Nature, as in fighting for survival, is one of those conflicts that are popular, but not human vs human.
This was a timely article, as I've been struggling with a conflict in the next installment of my series. It helped reinforce what I already knew but presented in a different light. I kept wondering if I was doing this one conflict element as a story plot prod, conflict for drama sake, or if the characters involved were really like the way I was writing them.
With how I develop my characters, they each have a life of their own. I have an intention of how I want a character, but once I'm writing, and in their mindset when it's their turn in my Third-Person format, they can go in a direction that is different than what I intended. Which is at the crux of my conflict about the conflict in my story for these two specific characters. The bad guy is not as bad as I intended.
Without some conflict / struggle, there is no story. Your story would be flat ... like the day in 1930 the BBC radio announcer said: There is no news, today. Well, okay then ... The End. To have a story, something needs to happen. Not an earth shattering moment ... mind you earth shattering would be 'something' for sure ... but it can be as Page said, simpler. A character's inner struggle ... a life changing event. Like yesterday's prompt about becoming hugely rich overnight. There has got to be something.