There are many ways to create conflict in romance, but the two simplest approaches are the lovers-against-an-outside antagonist (the easy way) and the lovers-as-antagonists (the hard way). Continue reading
The key to a great conflict is that neither the protagonist nor the antagonist can resign from the action. They must keep fighting each other to the bitter end because they need their goals and because they cannot escape each other’s actions. One way to analyze the strength of your story conflict is with a conflict box.
A conflict box is a table with six cells, one cell each for goal, action, and conflict for both the protagonist and the antagonist. Continue reading
Motivation is the reason a character chases after a goal. If the short form of “goal” is “I want,” then the short form of motivation is “because I need.”
The three most common forms of motivation are: Continue reading
A goal is the concrete, specific, positive thing the protagonist is trying to get.
A goal can be anything: getting the girl, making a cup of tea, defusing a nuclear device, whatever. What’s important is
• how clear the goal is
• how the pursuit of the goal drives the plot
• how the goal shapes and defines the protagonist’s character. Continue reading