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Remember what we said about conflict. A “conflict” is two things in tension, such that both may not be satisfied.

Challenges and obstacles aren’t enough, we need to see real conflict on that page. Challenges may interest your readers, but conflicts compel them.

ASSIGNMENT: Write for one hour.

If you’re still working up to writing for one hour, that’s OK. Do your best to get to the full one-hour time block soon.

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Read more about conflict and develop more depth with The Novel Matrix book. Find your copy at

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