Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A-Z Challenge - C is for Conflict
Ah, the naivety of a new writer. Then came that "Ah-ha" moment when I finally understood the concept of conflict. It's not about arguments or butting heads. Nor does it involve bullets, as my husband thinks. Of course, that depends on your genre.
Since I write romance, conflict tends to come from within. Oh, sure there can be some external conflict, but what keeps the heroine from giving in to the hero, is often rooted to something deep inside of her.
In my current WIP, the heroine finds there are so many wonderful things about the hero. However, he reminds her of the last person she thought wonderful and how he let her down. Okay, not just let her down, but flat dropped her on her bum, causing her to make the toughest decision of her life. "I like him. But I can't like him, and here's the reason why."
After plugging away at this for nearly ten years, I've grown to enjoy conflict, in a weird, convoluted sort of way. Maybe it's that I get to live my own internal conflict out through my characters, as opposed to head on.
How are you at conflict? Like? Love? Abhor?
Let's hear your story.
Happy Tuesday, y'all.