Novels are made up of scenes and sequels. These vary in length and number according to the type of novel you are writing. We teach the structure of these story units on our course, Writers Write – How to write a novel.
When we read this post on conflict in scenes by K.M.Weiland, we thought we would share parts of it with you.
Types of Conflict in Scenes
- Direct opposition (another character, weather, etc., which interferes and prevents the protagonist from achieving his goal).
- Inner opposition (the character learns something that changes his mind about his goal).
- Circumstantial difficulties (no flour to bake a cake, no partners to dance with, etc.).
- Active conflict (argument, fight, etc.).
- Passive conflict (being ignored, being kept in the dark, being avoided, etc.).
- Physical altercation.
- Verbal altercation.
- Physical obstacle (weather, roadblock, personal injury, etc.).
- Mental obstacle (fear, amnesia, etc.).
- Physical lack (no flour to bake a cake).
- Mental lack (no information).
- Passive aggression (intentional or unintentional).
- Indirect interference (long-distance or unintentional opposition by another character).
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