Tag Archives: conflict

Questions 616: A Unique Conflict?

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Brian asks: “My high school English teacher challenged us to find a story with a unique conflict – outside of the person v. person, person v. nature, person v. society, etc. conflict types we all get in class. None of us could. Can you – or the listeners?”

YA Adventure Special 12: The Action Climax

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Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.

Questions 80: Writing Villain-Free Novels

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Krysteen asks:
“I don’t have a villain in my story–is this okay? How does a person do this?”

Books discussed and recommended:
Earth Abides by George Stewart
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Caroll
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl