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Now for the inspiration!
Every story needs conflict. Conflict, conflict, conflict! You hear all the time, right? Some stories do better if there is tension involved, so the conflict can be intense.
I watched PEOPLE LIKE US not to long ago. I enjoyed the tension and the conflict during the story. Secrets abounded and that tension could be felt all the way to the pit of my stomach.
I realized, I need that type of tension, conflict, in my stories. How else will readers keep turning the pages if I can't give them that knot in the pit of their stomach!
So, here's what you need to do:
Write down on the top of a sheet of paper
#1. My MC wants this more than anything else he/she could imagine.
This question and the answer you choose needs to be the center of your story universe. Yes, you heard me. This is what you need to write about, think about, include in all your notes, for the entire manuscript.
#2. This is what stops my MC from getting what he/she wants.
This will vary from scene to scene. It can be anything, from wrong directions to side track love affairs to death. But every scene needs an obstacle for the MC to overcome. EVERY scene.
What is at stake? What will happen? Why should your reader keep reading? What makes the reader want to keep reading? Why does the reader care about what is happening?
Martha is must find her daughter, who has been kidnapped.
Conflict: The kidnapper wants money that Martha doesn't have and hopes to fake them out.
Stakes: The kidnappers can kill the daughter and Martha any time during the transaction because the meeting place is obscure and lonely.
Making your readers care for Martha life as well as her daughter will up the stakes and keep them turning the pages to learn how Martha wins...if she does in fact win.
Story Prompt: Pretend you are in a dream library that has every book you could imagine. You walk to the area that has your favorite genre and scan through the spines of the books, looking for a title that leaps out at you. You found it! What is the name of that book? Make it up, then write about what that title means to you.