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Short Story Writing Tips - Does The Conflict Affect Your Character?
by: Nick Vernon
Conflicts create waves in our calm lives. The greater the conflict the more impact it will have on us. No one likes conflicts. Conflicts require action (we have to do something about the problem that’s been created) or conflict requires decisions (we have to choose something over something else).

So the greater the conflict the greater the wave it creates.

Think of what state of mind you are in when encountering a conflict. How does it affect you? Do you…

• Worry?
• Lose your appetite or eat more for comfort?
• Lose sleep
• Experience mood swings?
• Withdraw?

Whichever way conflicts affect you – they do affect you. Do you believe then they should affect your character?

They should.

And to what degree the conflict will affect the character will be based on the type of conflict and the type of person he is.

To show a character going through a crises, we show his thoughts, what he thinks about what is happening to him, we show his actions, what he’s doing about it, we show the steps he takes to resolve it and we show what he feels each step of the way.

Doing this will enable the reader to experience everything the character is going through.

About the author:
Besides his passion for writing, Nick Vernon runs an online gift site where you will find gift information, articles and readers funny stories. Visit

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