Pt. 3 Creating Internal Conflict in my Writing
In part three of Creating Internal Conflict in my Writing. I'm going to share what Rowena may do to combat the Internal Conflict she experiences. Rowena fighting; against other characters, and situations to obtain her ultimate goal, keeping her family safe. In my story I want people to see and understand Rowena desire to step back from her forced title or position of leader. Making sure of her families safety will allow her to do just that. For those who think that I may be giving away to much of my story. I don’t think so, this is small compared to how this book has grown.
The internal conflict that Rowena (MC) faces makes her question:
the list above is just some of what Rowena has to deal with. What I found fascinating was my journey to figuring out all the things that Rowena would do, face, etc. I’m not a fantasy writer, even though my covers may look like it hehe. So; I did not want Rowena to do something that was out of this world for a woman to do. Rowena is a grown woman, dealing with real shit. My goal has been and will always be, to write as realistic as possible when it comes to Rowena struggles, and how she deals with life’s challenges.
Dictionary.com states that what Rowena is doing what is called Creating External Conflict “A. Struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character, which drives the dramatic action of the plot: B. Struggle between a person and an outside force” https://www.dictionary.com/browse/external-conflict
Creating External Conflict
Save her family
Fight back, on her terms
The family will aid her in her fight
The family will betray her in her fight
Face her fears, means facing her past and accepting her future
“The protagonist of a story may win or lose, but either way, the protagonist's struggle against another character, the natural world, or society drives the plot forward and ultimately makes the story worth telling.” Frisella, Emily. "External Conflict." LitCharts LLC, May 5, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2018. https://www.litcharts.com/literary-devices-and-terms/external-conflict.
I hope that from this post, you get how I am creating conflict in my writing and it helps you in some way as well. Rowena, dropping in 2019, look out for my potential book covers. Yep, I changed that as well.
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Kim L. Walton, Indie Writer, Self-Published Author of 3 books
Founder of Southside Book and Writers Club, Richmond Virginia