Understanding Conflict: (And What It Really Means) (Skill Builders) (Volume 2) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Janice is also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helpingwriters improve their craft. Her popular Foundations of Fiction seriesincludes "Plotting Your Novel: Ideas and Structure," a self-guidedworkshop for plotting a novel, the companion "Plotting Your NovelWorkbook," and the Revising Your Novel: First Draft toFinished Draft series. Her Skill Builders series includes "UnderstandingShow,Don't Tell (And Really Getting It)," and "Understanding Conflict(And What It Really Means)," focusing on common problem areas forwriters.
As J.T. Hardy, she writes fantasy and science fiction for adults. The first book in her Grace Harper series is "Blood Ties."
Janice loves talking with writers and encourages questions of all types - eventhe weird ones. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, two cats,one yard zombie, and a very nervous freshwater eel. You can visit heronline at JaniceHardy.com or chat with her about writing atFiction-University.com.
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991536481
- Product dimensions : 6 x 0.33 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Janice Hardy; 1st edition (August 1, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #328,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thus far, "Immediate Fiction" by Jerry Cleaver is the best book I've seen on conflict. Almost the entire book is about conflict and how to have it in your stories. With easy to follow examples of writing with and without conflict so you can understand the difference. "Conflict and Suspense" by James Scott Bell has some good tips on putting conflict into your writing as well, but it doesn't really help you understand conflict, it will just help you brainstorm how to put conflict into your stories.
Janice then demonstrates implementations in conflict in the remaining book.
She provides a humorous example of an evil wizard, a hero and a population of townspeople illustrating conflict and motivation. If you read this, you’ll get a laugh of enjoyment and gain valuable insight from this example, which drives the whole point of why Janice wrote her book.
She delves into on conflict categories such as Person vs. Person, Person vs Self, Person vs. Society and Person vs. Environment, but there’s more. She provides an even deeper set of situations that may fit into one of these four archetypes.
Give your story or manuscript a good wellness check and pick up Janice’s book, Understanding Conflict. It makes you think and consider deeper issues that you may be overlooking, that may be the difference between a great story or one that people yawn, put down your story and ask themselves, what else could I read that’s more exciting.
Conflict in one utility isn't always ubiquitous to all types of genres. Authors who made books, and provide instruction on craft books are saying "this is how I did it." Hardy explores inclusiveness instead of exclusiveness to help you see the bigger picture.
She breaks down misconceptions of what people feel conflict 'ought to be'. You're going to see tension in a completely different perspective!
Tension, obstacles, internal/external conflict are inclusive to each other. It's because each genre and subcategories have different scales that results in variance. Whatever your opinion is, at least give the book a shot. What you feel has enough conflict and tension may not be the same for someone else because you can see the ideas while they can't.
I recommend her book on understanding show, don't tell to get how to convert tell prose into show prose. That way, you show your thoughts and makes it less jarring to readers.
Hardy asks you the tough questions that you didn't think you need to hear. She knows she can't be the end-all be-all for these things. But understanding the dynamics of genres and immersive experiences can be helpful.
The utility of the book is to know how to go about fleshing out conflict. She also explains why editors and readers can't sense enough conflict or tension. Kind of like how Brandon Sanderson would explain on his work group dynamics.
It's all about the immersion, and how to understand conflict before you get into your own flair. At least that's what I got out of this.
A must have for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.
Clearly defines conflict and the different types/nuances.
An absolute must have for any writer.
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It is clear from the context of the book that conflict is a widely misundestood term between not only the writers and readers but also the critiquers.Conflict is neither tension nor fighting as some can think that can mislead anyone to a wrong route.
As with other books of Hardy it uses quite big letters wth round Rockwell font using the typical CS platform. THis makes me much easier to read with minimal use of dictionary.That means reading runs very fast and smooth.
The discussion is down to earth and each key level of conflict seems as simple theory.However Mrs Hardy analyzes it very deeply with examples, simple paradigms or movies.It is well analyzed and from all aspects .
The last two chapters (crafting conflict and weak conficts and how to tweak them) are even more interesting.
Elementary to middle level but worth of reading even for professionals 4/5
Hope to see later some other very interesting skill books as that!
It is very useful to deepen your understanding of conflicts. How to choose the right one for your story and act it out in a way that is interesting.
Made me rethink some of my choices for stories I am writing right now. Really helped making them more compelling and meaningful.