For my next topic I had originally chosen to do Themes, but instead I have decided to do conflict, because I am feeling very conflicted right now, and that might help me to release some of this energy.
So what is conflict? A dictionary defines conflict as: (Verb) to come into a disagreement, be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash: to fight or contend; do battle. (Noun) a fight, battle, or struggle, esp. a prolonged struggle; strife; controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties; discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas; a striking together; collision; incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another: a conflict in the schedule; Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses. (Dictionary.com)
OK, so pretty much, a conflict is anything where there is a disagreement, it can be internal, external, spiritual, emotional…
When I visited Suite101.com to find out more, they provided a slightly more interesting concept of conflict. There are so many wonderful articles here about writing, that I have this permanently bookmarked. This is what Suite101.com had to say about conflict:
Conflict is what makes a story worth reading. Without a struggle, a moral choice, tension, and opposing forces, a story would be nothing but a boring discussion of facts.
These are the Basic Types of Conflict in a Story:
- Inner Conflict: The character is struggling within themselves, with what they want or what they do
- Relational Conflict: The character is struggling with someone else
- Social Conflict: The character is struggling with a group
- Survival Conflict: The character is struggling with fatality
- Situational Conflict: The character is struggling with a situation — in this case, the character’s problems involve the interests, problems, ambitions and situations of others and their affect on the character.
This is more about what I wanted to do. And there are lots of areas where I can explore over the next four (and possibly more) weeks. So this week’s goal, will be to study conflict and write a short story involving inner conflict – a struggle within ones self to accomplish or achieve something, a moral dilemma… lots of interesting ideas there.
Words for the Week
majuscule MAJ-uh-skyool, adjective:
1. Of letters written either as capitals or uncials.
1. A large letter, either capital or uncial, used in writing or printing.
tipple TIP-uhl, verb:
1. To drink intoxicating liquor, esp. habitually or to some excess.
2. To drink (intoxicating liquor), esp. repeatedly, in small quantities.
1. Intoxicating liquor.
2. A device that tilts or overturns a freight car to dump its contents.
habitué huh-BICH-oo-ey, noun:
One who frequents a particular place, especially a place offering a specific pleasurable activity.
plucky PLUHK-ee, adjective:
Having or showing pluck or courage; brave.
baksheesh bak-SHEESH, noun:
1. A gratuity, present or tip.
2. A gratuity, tip, or bribe paid to expedite service.
1. To give a tip.
suspire suh-SPAHY-uhr, verb:
To utter with long, sighing breaths.
Phlegmatic fleg-MAT-ik, adjective
1. Not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
2. Self-possessed, calm, or composed.
3. Of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm.
Definitely an interesting mix in there. Now, to get the thinking cap on and start creating a story…