Subjective Conflict

The idea behind subjective conflict is this: the reader can sometimes experience conflict even when the characters in the story don’t.

It’s not that conflict isn’t important for characters. It is. For the character, conflict is the catalyst for character transformation—be it a small change or a large one.

But I’d argue that writers need to examine conflicts for their effect on readers even more than for their effects on the characters within the stories. So, I present five situations writers can craft in order to create conflict within the reader.

Read the article at DIYMFA.

TD Storm is an award-winning writer and teacher whose stories have appeared in a number of journals. His passion for storytelling and its inner workings inform his teaching, editing, and mentoring. He has worked with countless writers on personal essays, novels, short stories, and more. And he's been teaching since 1999.

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