Don't Treat Conflict As Monolithic

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In the most recent edition of the Glimmer Train bulletin, I loved this article by Cary Groner on conflict. Here's a small snippet:

I've been surprised, when reading books about fiction writing, that such short shrift is often given to the decisions writers make about conflict and its levels. We hear a lot about voice, point of view, characterization, place, structure, theme, and other issues; but when conflict is discussed, it's rarely treated as particularly complex. You'll read, almost as an afterthought: 'Of course, your story must have conflict,' as if it appears in unvarying form in every narrative. But conflict is no more monolithic than love is; and in the same way that love arrives in multifarious forms in both life and literature, so does conflict.

Read more of this excellent article over at the Glimmer Train site!

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