“Your characters should, more or less, always be having a very bad day.”
Dan Barden made this statement in a wonderful article entitled The Art of Conflict in the July/August edition of Poets & Writers.He goes on to say that Story=Conflict and conflict creates character growth, and without the growth, you have no story.
What I still am unclear on is the how. I would love to hear from other authors on how they build the inner conflict of their characters.
Perhaps some of you can even give me an idea on my WIP. My narrator and protagonist is actually the mother of the central character. Her teenage daughter has committed a violent crime. She could either be sentenced to life imprisonment if she is found competent to stand trial, or be sent to a mental facility with a chance for release at some time if she is NOT found competent to stand trial. This is the struggle of the mother dealing with the most horrific of circumstances. It is completely written in the mother’s POV. Any suggestions on how to build her inner conflict? She is obviously upset and feels powerless to do anything since it is entirely up to the court to decide her daughter’s fate. But growth? That stumps me. Or maybe I don’t really have a story at all.
Please leave some comments or suggestions. I value all my writer colleagues out there.