I’m taking an online children’s writing class and my current assignment is to write about conflict in my story. I’m stuck. I don’t know what I want to do. I have to be mean to my character. Oh no!
What is conflict? There are three basic types:
- Internal, which is conflict with one’s self.
- Relational, which occurs between two or more characters.
- External, which occurs between a character and another force.
External conflict is broken down into subtypes. I have included some examples.
- Character and nature - surviving a snowstorm or tornado.
- Character and the supernatural - living with a ghost or poltergeist.
- Character and technology - dealing with a computer or robot.
- Character and society - being involved in a riot or facing a scandal.
- Character and destiny - deciding between fate and free will.
- Character and group - resisting or fighting a government or religion.
Some of these may not apply to children’s books, but I wanted to appeal to a greater variety of writers.
What other examples of conflict can you think of or have you used? How did you resolve the conflict?
Now back to working on my own story.
Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is currently working on her first children’s book.