What’s Your Character’s Central Conflict?

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Auguste Rodin, The ThinkerThe other day I was in a meeting and the speaker asked us, What’s your main character’s central conflict and tell me in twenty words or less.

Since it’s central, it

  • is an inner conflict that’s present every time the character thinks, acts, speaks
  • is present in my head as I write, consciously or not
  • moves the main story line

So I’ve been pondering that question for the past four days and have an answer—at least for today. (It’ll probably change tomorrow.)

But the point of this post is not to tell you about the motivation of my character. It’s to invite you to ponder the same question—what moves your character on the deepest level—and, if you feel like it, post a comment. In twenty words or less.

Photo: The Thinker, Auguste Rodin. Credit: Wikipedia Commons.


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