Overcoming Yourself

Megan Morgan

For the next few weeks, I’m going to do a series of posts on the conflicts that can be found in a narrative. Depending where you look, and whose advice you ask, there’s anywhere from 4-10 types of conflict that can drive a plot. I’m only going to cover six, though. Those being:

  • Character vs. Character
  • Character vs. Self
  • Character vs. Society
  • Character vs. Nature
  • Character vs. Fate
  • Character vs. Machine/Supernatural/Other

Character vs. Self

This type of conflict is all about morals, and is often presented alongside another type of conflict. Some value that your character holds dear and true is tested. They are forced to do something they wouldn’t otherwise do, or maybe even dream of doing in a million years. This can be something as dramatic as the hero has to kill someone to save his family, or as benign as grandma has to sabotage her beloved bake sale…

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