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When Conflict is a Good Thing

I agree with the great writing teacher, Sol Stein, who uses the Actor's Studio Method to teach writing. I've been incorporating this method for some time. Here are two aspects of this method that you may want to consider: What is disagreeable in life is often invaluable in writing; and conflict is the ingredient that makes action dramatic.

There has to be conflict for your fiction to work at all. It can be psychological conflict, or out-and-out fighting between or amongst people. Or the conflict with a person and the weather, say a hurricane. But conflict is essential.

Remember that the next time a reader in your workshop says, "I like the writing, but it doesn't seem to go anywhere." If you don't know where to go with it, create a conflict.  Read More