A good book offers interesting characters in conflict with each other, but how do you tell if you have enough in your novel? Read this post, then take our conflict test to find out.
If you read 17 Ways To Make your Novel More Memorable, I emphasised that you need to structure your book as a roller-coaster ride.
It should be a physical journey that forces your reader to vicariously experience a series of emotions. Pace it. Give us moments of respite and then throw us back into the action.
Characters In Conflict
You need to give your protagonist and your antagonist story goals. Remember that these story goals should be in conflict with each other. Tell a story where your readers can empathise with both your hero and your villain. Make both of them memorable and interesting.
The conflict you create needs to count. It cannot be included if it is not important to the plot or to character development. Readers love books that take them on a journey, that make them turn the page. Conflict helps writers do this.
The 12 Question Fiction Writing Conflict Test
If you are wondering about your book, take our conflict test to find out if you need to add some more.
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