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So, you got your idea, you got your characters and dialogue, but the story still feels flat. What do you do now? Well, you have to increase the conflict! These book suggestions will help you to make your writing more dynamic by making things very difficult for your characters. Because, let’s be honest–no one wants to read a book where everything goes perfectly for your hero 100% of the time. Boring!

Conflict and Suspense
by James Scott Bell

Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict:
Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel
by Cheryl St. John

Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction
by Jeff Gerke


I'm the Reader's Advisory Librarian at WPPL. My interests include old horror films, classic novels, manga and anime, paper-crafting, and plants. If you like my suggestions, you can request personalized recommendations from me on My Librarian page.