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I NEED CONFLICT!!

14 Aug

OK, so maybe it doesn’t need to be cosmic, but I really need to come up with some sort of conflict and I need to do it soon… I don’t mean the day-to-day conflict… like “Do I eat the last doughnut? If I do, that’ll be a dozen in one day and that’s not cool… but if I don’t, it might get stale….” Or work conflict, “Why should I do what my boss tells me to do? When was the last time he did what I told him to do??”

No, I’m talking the kind of conflict that can drive a wedge between an otherwise gloriously happy lesbian couple. The notorious playboi and successful businesswoman finally get it together. Life is cruising along nicely. The sex is fantastic (of course…), their time together cherished. But something has to happen… something has to drive them apart so they can get back together. Y’all know the drill.

Have I crafted too happy of a couple? No… they’re a good couple, but they have their differences. The trick here is to create a realistic enough rift between them that won’t make either party look like a complete douchebag. Therein lies the rub.

You, as readers, have to want them to get back together. You can’t side with one and think, “She’s an asshole. Let her go.” That just won’t do. So how to craft a conflict that’s believable, that can’t be resolved with a simple exchange of words, and that doesn’t make you hate a character… this is today’s goal.

There’s the dreaded infidelity, but seriously, who roots for them to get back together after that?

One of them is pregnant. It seems like this should be a catalyst for conflict. She was pregnant before they met and as the pregnancy progresses, maybe the playboi gets cold feet? Or maybe freaks out over some of the changes in her partner’s body? But are these reactions things that would make you hate her? Or could you see her point? I know a lot of it is in how it’s written.

Or maybe something happens that makes the pregnant one miss her dead partner, whom she was originally going to have the baby with. And she feels guilty about moving on so soon?

Or… or… or…

So, while I’ve spent the rest of my life as a true middle child and avoided conflict at all cost, today I’m in search of.

As usual, comments, suggestions, or the like welcome :c)

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Posted by on August 14, 2011 in Writing

 

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5 responses to “I NEED CONFLICT!!

  1. Jersey

    August 14, 2011 at 11:49

    The pregnant one is focusing all of her time and energy on being pregnant, which of course the playboi played no part in. Feeling left out and neglected, the playboi starts to pull away, trying to find comfort somewhere … anywhere but in the arms of another woman.

     
    • mjwilliamz

      August 14, 2011 at 11:58

      I like that. Because it’s natural for her to be uneasy about the pregnancy anyway. The hard thing is now that she’s agreed to pursue the relationship, with the pregnancy being a huge point of discussion between the two of them before they decided to continue… now can it be a bone of contention without looking like the playboi is going back on her word?

       
  2. Jersey

    August 14, 2011 at 12:11

    Playboi is doing her best to stay true to her word but she had no idea of everything that goes with being a parent. She’s got constant low level panic on top of a full time job … plus extra responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, (is there a yard?) fall on her. Pregnant one is spending her time with other breeder types instead of with Playboi, leaving Playboi to sort through all this confusion on her own.

     
  3. Jersey

    August 14, 2011 at 12:21

    And even though the partner’s dead there might be a family member (late partners mother?) that is trying to influence the pregnant one and stepping on Playboi’s toes in the meantime.

     
    • mjwilliamz

      August 14, 2011 at 12:34

      So it IS possible to use the pregnancy to precipitate the conflict AND leave us loving the playboi. I like it. I’m kinda leaning toward the pregnancy AND the dead partner being factors in a split. Thanks!

       

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