Storytelling 101: Conflicts

So, I am thinking about trying my hand at writing some stories or even continue some projects I had tucked away for some time. Then, my contemplation spiraled into considering narrative structure, especially conflict.

Then, I remembered that I had recently been in a discussion with someone about this topic and we used an example from Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones.

The conversation was about what made that series work. For me, what I enjoyed about the show was the small scale stakes. In other words, the world wasn’t in trouble in this series. The protagonist’s problems were mostly her own and the villain was more of a danger to her rather than the entire human population.

This example made me think about how important it is for stories to feel relatable, but it is equally important to realize that the size and scale of a conflict can influence relatability. It isn’t to say that big apocalyptic stories are bad. What I am trying to get at is this idea that smaller, internal conflicts can also make a story appealing.

That said, I contemplated this subject for quite some time since one of my projects deals with the inner conflicts of a character while also dealing with a big apocalyptic problem. Again, neither of these are wrong, but I really love being able to delve deep inside a character’s mind.  Hopefully, this will result in me creating more ideas for characters and conflicts for future stories.

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