Funny, in real life we try to steer away from it. But fiction? You gotta lay it on thick, torture your poor little characters til they can't take no more.
But you know what comes from conflict? Character
When faced with an uphill battle, we see what peeps are made of. Are they weak, or determined? Stressed, or able to keep their cool? In fiction, your character can have any of those traits, so long as they're somewhat likeable with redeeming qualities. I mean, no one wants to spend a whole story with a whiner, right?
So see what your character's are made of. Make them shine and grow from what they've been through. When I was a girl I loved the movie Adventures in Babysitting. My daughter loves it now and I've probably seen it a hundred times this year alone. But it's notable for the conflict. From the time Elizabeth Shue who plays "Chris" answers the door in the very beginning, a whirlwind of problems come her way, each one seeming worse than the next:
-Her date cancels
-She gets stuck babysitting on a Friday night
-Her best friends runs away and needs help
-On the way to pick her up, Chris's car gets a flat
-She realizes she doesn't have her purse
-A strange old truck driver gives Chris and the kids a lift and tow, but end up making a detour when he learns about his wife's affair
-They end up at his house and the truck driver whips out a gun and Chris's windshield gets shot up
-Chris and kids hop in some random car to get out of the bullets, then realize it's being hijacked
-Hijacker drives off with them and takes them to a stolen car factory
-Chris and kids get locked up in some room, since they now know about the stolen cars
-They escape by the rafters, almost falling to their death
-They're chased by the car thieves, end up on stage at an inner city Blues club
-Chris and kids have to sing their way off the stage and out of the joint
-More chasing by car thieves, til Chris ends up on subway with kids, thinking they got away
-On the subway car 2 gangs are about to throw down with knives ...
Get the idea? If you haven't seen it, or it's been awhile, check it out. Makes for a great study on just how much conflict you can throw your MC's way. In the film, Chris becomes the kids' hero because she managed to get through the entire night without the kids' parents ever being the wiser. growth from conflict. A fully developed character arc. Before she was just a regular high school senior.
So when in doubt, make them squirm. Great stories evolve from conflict and how our characters handle it. Enjoy the rest of your blog visits.
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