How to Keep your Novel Interesting with Dialogue: Conflict

Hey there!

So we have reached Conflict, and you know what the last dialogue post will also be about as well. But, obviously that’s for the last post in this series, and not this one. πŸ˜›

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How can you put conflict into dialogue? Isn’t conflict all the punching and fighting stuff?

Take a moment and think about this.

You’re a writer.

You literally use words. I’m willing to bet that a bunch of you are like me, and better at fighting with words instead of physically hitting.

In real life, people can exchange words in anger, sadness, despair, etc. They can say mean things, things that you’ll always remember.

In a story, the same can happen.

To create Conflict through dialogue in a story, you can make characters mad at each other, and get into an argument. That’s conflict.

You can build up to conflict by small jabs at each other until it finally explodes into something else bigger.

Honestly, to make Conflict through dialogue, you just need to write a character talking with negative emotions. πŸ˜‚

A few harsh words exchanged in dialogue can result in huge fights between characters. So Conflict in dialogue can result in more conflict.

There is another type of Conflict in dialogue, of course.

Indecisiveness.

Left or right? This choice or that choice?

That kind of conflict is more along the lines of the character having to choose. Oftentimes, to create more conflict in the story, the author will make the character make the wrong choice.

The best way to write this is to have two things:

  1. Make the wrong one sound right
  2. Have people who support their decision

Characters make tough calls, feeling that Conflict. I’ve read it where everyone agreed that the wrong thing to do was the right thing, and they had a bunch of trouble; where the main character was set on doing the wrong thing when everyone advised them to do the right one; and when everyone advised them to do the wrong thing, but they did the right one.

The thing you must add to this is that you cannot reveal which one is right. In one book I read, the character wanted to do the wrong choice while everyone advised them against it, and it was so blatantly obvious that they were making the wrong choice! That made the main character look dumb, which is something you don’t want to do.

I hope that these helped you understand writing both kinds of Conflict in dialogue easier. πŸ˜‰

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Okay guys, so I totally switched my list over (again). I emailed the old list today one last time to remind them that I won’t be emailing them anymore, and if you want to keep receiving emails from me, you must switch over. There are 3 ways for you to sign up:

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Alpha Reading?

I announced last week that spots for Alpha Reading my book, The Triad of Caosdif, are open. But no one seems to be interested? I’ll just remind you one last time in this post, and then in monthly overviews about it. If you want to know more about what the book is about, click HERE and head on to the My Books page and read about it! πŸ˜ƒ If you want to Alpha Read, please contact me through my Contact page, which is beneath the About page! (Here’s a link!) And again, I’ll remind family members that you cannot sign up. (I’m looking at you, Cecilia.)

New Story

I am still working on plotting the new book. I’ve been spending time working on a Secret Project and rewriting The Triad of Caosdif. I’m determined to get down the details as best as I can and make sure there are no weird places for the time that I don’t see coming, and that actually makes sense and line up with the plot, unlike some stories. *glares at Once Upon a Goose*

Collarbone Update!

To those of you who are new around here, I broke my collarbone on December 7. You can check out my post about it HERE.

Today I went to the doctors for a checkup on my collarbone, hoping that it would be the last.

Good news!

My collarbone is healing. I can’t do snowboarding, skateboard, rollerblading, or hockey, but I don’t really do those things anyway, so that’s okay. I am allowed to play soccer again, as long as I don’t bang into anything, anyone, fall, get tackled, or hurt my left side in general. But that’s okay as well because that means I don’t have to face off against the bigger players, teachers, or run super fast. 😜

I know that you’re probably thinking that I’m crazy, going back after breaking a bone. But hey, I almost made it through 4 semesters without getting seriously injured. And I’m feeling fine! πŸ˜† Nice to see that you’re concerned. πŸ˜‰

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Did writing Conflict make sense to you?

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And isn’t it super awesome that my collarbone is healing?! πŸ˜„

Julia

2 thoughts on “How to Keep your Novel Interesting with Dialogue: Conflict

  1. YAY!! I’m so happy your collarbone bone is better- try not to break it again XD
    Also, I sent a contacty thing saying I was interested in Alpha Reading but I don’t think it sent, but yes, I would love to to alpha read your book!

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    1. Yeah, me too! Haha, I’ll try not to! (I am both super excited about soccer, and slightly terrified. πŸ˜‚)
      Yeah, I didn’t get it; that’s really weird. Maybe I’ll try emailing myself and see if the contact box even works? Keep a lookout for an email about the alpha reading from me soon! πŸ˜‰

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