Rules for Writing: Rule Number 3

The third rule of writing is: there must be CONFLICT in your story.

Conflict is a clash of wills, ideas, desires, and/or actions. (Conflict also includes the conflict of man-against-nature, but I couldn't figure out a good word to describe it in the previous sentence.)(Survival?)

Conflict can be either internal or external. Internal conflict is inside the character. External conflict is outside the character. 

Some rules of thumb on conflict:

Start the story with a seemingly insurmountable conflict.

Make the conflict well motivated. Have it grow out of the characters and what they feel, what they believe, and the choices they've made in their life so far.

The more conflict there is, the more interesting the story.

A story without conflict is like vermicelli without sauce -- booorrrrinnnng.

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