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. (

OK, so pretty much, a conflict is anything where there is a disagreement, it can be internal, external, spiritual, emotional…

When I visited 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 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…

Creativity Workshop – Conflict
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4 thoughts on “Creativity Workshop – Conflict

  • May 25, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Conflict… a good choice for me this week as well I think! lol
    Sounds like you’ve got some interesting words to incorporate into next week’s writing. How have you been doing with them?

  • May 25, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Hi Aurora Lee, nope, haven’t been doing well at all, but then I haven’t been doing much writing either. Have to make a concerted effort this week. :o)

  • May 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    There is conflict in every story – that’s what makes the story 🙂 Good luck with your next piece!

    • May 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      After a good talk with Cassie this morning, I have finally found what I was looking for. All the internal conflict I am feeling is coming out in my SoCNoC character, and as that starts next month it is a joy to finally get a handle on the personality of the character!


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