Wednesday, October 5, 2016

20 Ways to Make Your Character: Have Inner Conflict in a Romance

Last week, I discussed outer conflict in writing.  Now I want to look at inner conflict.  From last week, here were the differences:

From dictionary.com, outer conflict is defined as:



external conflict






noun
1.
struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character, which drives the dramatic action of the plot:
external conflict between Macbeth and Macduff.
2.
struggle between a person and an outside force:
external conflict between parents and children.


And, to contrast, the inner conflict is defined as:

internal conflict



Examples




noun
1.
psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense:
Hamlet's inaction is caused by internal conflict.
2.
mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.


This week, we want to look at internal conflicts.  What type of inner conflict would a character have?

Here are a 20 ideas.  I've used some of these ideas in my books, but have added a few others that I may use in future books.


  1. Past abuse making them fearful or tougher
  2. Being cheated on in the past making them untrusting
  3. Addiction of some type--alcohol, drugs, food, or any of the seven deadly sins
  4. Strict parents
  5. Was kidnapped as a child
  6. Thinks they're damaged goods/ugly
  7. Everyone dies around them
  8. Running from a murderer, worrying that everyone is out to get them
  9. Life has to be controlled or they can't cope
  10. Everything they do is to help one other person
  11. Feeling like a nobody
  12. Harboring a secret
  13. Feel guilty about a past issue
  14. Embarrassing family member
  15. Worried about job security/doubts ability in job
  16. Feels like an outcast in society or community
  17. Abandoned by family
  18. Harassed on social media to the point that they're afraid for their life
  19. Battling a mental illness
  20. Trying to be something they're not


Have any more to add?

Have a great day!
SweetTale Books

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