Every plot revolves around conflict, but that conflict shouldn't be black and white. That is too predictable. Someone needs to be hurt by what is going on, and someone also has to benefit. In some situations that is one and the same character. A book I'll always remember from high school was A Separate Peace by John Knowles. What if the person you care about most, the person who is your best friend, is also the person you envy most? Could that driving envy cause you to hurt the person you admire and long to be? How would you live with yourself after that?
Once you create the main conflict of the story, you have to choose a protagonist caught in the middle, one who faces the hardest challenges and toughest choices. There should be both personal and external conflict that drive the plot. As the story continues the challenges should increase in personal cost to the protagonist. This is what keeps the reader's interest captured and compels him to discover how the conflict is resolved.
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Dear Writer and Reader Friends,
I have an article in Southern Writer's Magazine's Sept./Oct. issue. It available on-line or in hard copy. The article is a concise overview of the various marketing techniques I've learned over the past 3 years since the suspense novel Hiding came out followed by the inspirational romance Abbey's Tale. If you are like me and feel like you've been learning how to market your books by the (excuse the cliché) seat of your pants, there are some useful suggestions that I've picked up along the way so far.
So happy reading at Southern Writers Magazine.