It's said that Story is Conflict. Guess what? I suck at conflict.
At a workshop taught by the fabulous Jennifer Crusie, she let on that a lot of what we think is "conflict" is really Trouble, masquerading as conflict. In my WIP, I looked long and hard, and realized that most of my current "conflict" is, you guessed it, Trouble wearin' a dress.
Most readers who are unfamiliar with the writing process don't really get to see the ugly part of story crafting. They don't get to read the first drafts, or the jumbled mess of scenes that get cut from the final WIP. And they should be grateful, really. At least in my case. Even other writers, who theoretically understand there's a difference from a draft and the finished product, have a mess that's totally different from mine in the middle of the process.
In order for conflict to be present in a scene, both character and plot have to change. Scene conflict is a smaller-scale representation of the conflict in the story. So I've been looking at story conflicts lately to see just what kind of story conflicts are most appealing to me as a reader.
I'm crazy about the types of stories that show a character taking a fall and struggling back up. I love seeing a character learn what they're made of. You'd think I'd find a conflict like that simple to write--or at least easier, courtesy of familiarity, but sadly, I'm discovering that's not the case.
So I'm setting out into my WIP, looking for trouble, and fixin' to start a real fight. Wish me luck. And have bail money ready.