Want to join in? Here’s this week’s Author Aerobics challenge. Answers to the challenge will be posted on Friday. If you use this writing prompt, post a link to your entry in the comments below, and I’ll update this post with links to yours. Everyone’s welcome!
Layered Conflict Challenge
Conflict is what moves your story along. There are two main types of conflict: external and internal. External conflict includes the physical obstacles to your protagonist’s goal. It is what is happening around him/her. Internal conflict includes the dilemmas within the head of your protagonist.
I’ve also heard of including interpersonal conflict. Interpersonal conflict overlaps with the external and internal modes. It may, or may not, be important, depending on the type of story you are writing, but I find it’s a simple way to add extra depth any time there are multiple characters in a story.
This week’s challenge: Write a story (1000 words or less) that involves multiple layers of conflict. This week’s theme: “shadows”.
- What is Conflict by Caro Clarke
This week’s stories!
- Nipping at Mani’s Heels by Aidan Fritz – Lothar will do anything to vanquish the shadows for his daughters. He makes a bargain he may regret.
- The Shadow Pilgrim by Stephen Watkins – Do you know why night flees the day, and why day flees the night?
- Quick Draw by T.S. Bazelli – The sun was shining and the air smelled of rain. It was a good day to die.