No conflict, no story. This is one of the first lessons I remember from my writing classes many years ago. Since then, I’ve listened it and read it thousand of times. But, what is conflict exactly?
According to the dictionary, a conflict is a problem, a battle, a confrontation, a fight.. Does it mean that to tell a good story we have to face our characters into a bloody battle? Not at all. Conflict in literary fiction, although it also may appear as a battle (there are thousands of stories that tell us about battles and wars) is much more than that. Conflict is what leads the plot, what helps us to empatize with characters, what forces us to keep reading because we are intrigued, because we want to know how the conflict will be solved at the end. So conflict brings characters and story alive.
Now that we have already agreed the importance of conflict for a story, let’s go deeper in the issue. Today post is about the kinds of conflict that there are in a story but, in a few days, I’ll publish a second part in order to analize how to introduce conflict in our stories.