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Dramatizing Conflicting Emotions and Values

Barbara Vance, Author, Illustrator

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10 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. 1 Introduction

    • 2. Planning Internal Conflict: Three Questions

    • 3. Expressing Emotional and Value Conflicts

    • 4. Structural Ways to Show Internal Conflicti

    • 5. Creating Consistent, but Conflicted Characters

    • 6. Conflict Over Several Scenes Making Each Scene Unique

    • 7. Conflict Over Several Scenes: Values Ping Pong

    • 8. Conflict in One Scene

    • 9. Value Conflict via Exposition

    • 10. Final Thoughts and Class Project

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About This Class



This course will help you plot out your protagonists conflicting emotions, values, and goals so that the reader feels their tension. It is important to demonstrate internal conflict throughout a story in different ways so that decisions your character makes are full of drama and are also believable.

Have you ever watched a film or read a book and you either did not care what happened or the actions of the character did not seem believable. Often this is because the author/screenwriter has not adequately demonstrated:

  1. What the conflict is
  2. The ramifications of choosing one value/need over another
  3. How the character feels about his choices and options

In this course, you will learn

  1. Ways to show internal drama in a story
  2. How to avoid making a character seem unreliable/unrealistic while also showing genuine inconsistencies in his decisions.
  3. How to build tension scene by scene

Often, writers do not put enough energy into demonstrating a variety of ways in which a character's internal conflict affects him and those around him. Showing conflict mean multiple scenes in which one value wins out over another sometimes and loses to it other times. BUT--if you just follow this plan you can find yourself with scenes that essentially tell the reader the same thing.

Part of the challenge is showing that a specific value conflict is occurring throughout the story (same value conflict) but looking at that conflict from different angles so that the reader gets a full sense of the issue without feeling like you are telling her the same thing over and over again.

This course is helpful to writers of all levels. We delve into some detail, using a case study as an example that we will work through.

By the end of the course you will have a better idea of how to plot out and write your character’s internal struggles.

The class project gives you the opportunity to write a short scene or a series of short scenes depicting internal struggle. It walks you through three steps that will help you make sure you are covering your bases. I really recommend completing it because it will solidify concepts in the videos.

Hope you enjoy!