5 Tips To Brainstorming Character Conflict

My husband and I couldn’t be more different if we tried. He is the quiet, techno-savvy math loving science buff who isn’t all that fond of words and mostly reads computer programming textbooks.

Me on the other hand? I love words, the arts, read fiction ferociously, am outgoing and techno-challenged. But we are the perfect complement to one another.

Still, being opposite does bring a few sparks along the way. The kind of sparks that build great conflict between characters.

5 Tips To Brainstorming Character Conflict:

*Make them opposites. Two characters that are very different often compliment each other well, but it is also easier for them to misunderstand one another.

*Give them opposing goals. If they are both on opposite sides of an issue that will cause sparks. You can always have them meet in the middle, or one change what they think later.

*Amplify Their Insecurities– In the scene above we see how Scarlett is deeply embarrassed that Rhett has seen a private moment.

*Complement Their Strengths & Weaknesses. Sometimes their lack of strength in an area the other individual is strong in causes conflict. For example, the computer genius tries to teach you how to fix your computer problem, only you don’t understand a word they said.

*Put them in situations where they have to rely on each other. This may occur when they are trying to survive or to reach a common goal or dream.

Who are your favorite conflicting characters in a book or movie?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

One thought on “5 Tips To Brainstorming Character Conflict

  1. I love love Gone with the Wind. For months after I saw the movie then read the book I went around saying, “I do declare…and I’ll think about it…tomorrow.” (You know we don’t actually say, “I do declare.” in the South, don’t you?

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