Conflict is everything. Every moment of a successful novel, from the first scene to the final resolution, is driven by conflict. There should be conflict on every page. If a page goes by without conflict, you’ve lost us. However fascinating your topic, your scenery, your characters, if there’s no conflict, then there’s no movement. There’s nothing for us to fear, or cheer, or believe in. There’s no emotional investment. A page without conflict is the page at which we will set the novel down.
There are the big conflicts, of course, with shouting or violence, and this seminar will talk about how to deliver those to greatest effect. Even more importantly, however, this seminar will teach how to create mini-conflicts in every scene and every conversation, engaging readers in the emotion of every moment.