Fiction File: Every Story Needs a Dose of…

Remember the post about plot and the Big Three? I said I’d write a post about the secret ingredient that makes people think about writing stories, or get excited about ideas.

That’s today. Let’s get to it.

You’ve got a great character, an awesome setting, and picked out parts of those to build a great plot. Okay, what now?

You need a little something to drive the story. And it doesn’t matter if you started with plot or character, you can get it done.

You need conflict.

Something for a character to wrestle with. A thing that rocks their world. Something they’re not used to, or if they are, something is new about it. This works for all genres, too, although some genres like to focus on different styles of conflict.

Man, that was vague. All right, time for specifics.

Conflict can be protagonist/antagonist, between two people. You can have they’re-out-ta-getcha (like Venom attacking Spider-Man), different paths to a solution (a friend of yours doesn’t want to see the same movie you want to see), or what-have-ya.

Or between a character and your setting (like Neil, the twenty year old character from the link above).

Or even between a character and him- or herself (guilt, anger, whatever).

If that wasn’t enough to get started, there are two types of conflict. And if you can use both, it ramps up your story. I’ve already let you know what they are, but it still deserves its own post. You’ll never guess the movie that brought the different types of conflict home for me.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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2 Responses to Fiction File: Every Story Needs a Dose of…

  1. Greetings from the professor! Thank you! For sharing your thoughts and expertise; what’s next your way?

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