Activity 1: Dark night of the soul
This occurs after the third turning point (the worst failure in terms of fear facing). For your character, this is where they give up hope of ever overcoming their fear. For a moment, they’ll return back to the person they were at the beginning of the novel...
We’ve reached the end! This our last day together. So it seems appropriate that we end by coming full circle.
If your character works through their internal conflict, facing their fears and overcoming them – they will not come out the same person.
Your character by the end of the novel, must...
Activity 1: What’s your character’s MOTIVATIONS?
Your character’s motivation has to be strongly rooted in emotion – it has to be believable and it has to be something that will require work to reach their goal.
Activity 2: Tropes
Is there/are there tropes that can be used to help with the...
How do you add your internal conflict to your external conflict to drive the plot? (THE $1,000,000 question)
Here’s what we know so far:
Your character’s trauma (emotional wound, cataclysmic event, etc)
Their beliefs/fears because of this trauma
The beliefs they’ve absorbed from their primary...
Activity 1: Defend yourself
What is your character’s defence mechanism?
Activity 2: Emotional armour
Ever since <the poo hit the fan>, your character has donned a suit of armour.
What does the armour smell like?
What does the armour look like?
What does the armour smell like?
What does the...
Thank you for sharing some of your character’s past experiences and conditioning around love, and what’s holding them back from getting involved with their love interest.
Remember that exercise that looked at what your character and their love interest’s beliefs about the world were? This is...
Activity 1: Opening up old wounds
How did your love interest’s primary caregivers rip a hole in your character? Write that scene.
The day that changed everything. Your love interest suffered a horrific event that changed them forever. Write the scene of the aftermath of that event.
In a romance novel, your characters have to overcome their beliefs/fears around being in an intimate relationship. This inner conflict is sustained throughout the story. In simpler terms, a relationship-phobe will realise that they’re missing out on all the good of a relationship, leading to the...
Activity 1: The second it all changed
Your character suffered a horrific event that changed them forever. Write the scene of the aftermath of that event.
Activity 2: How have they changed?
Your character is not the same from ‘before’ to ‘after’. Is there something that symbolises this? Maybe...
THE CIRCUMSTANTIAL WOUND
Okay, so maybe your character did have a fabulous childhood with a pony next door and the ocean a few blocks away. But, something happened that changed their whole outlook on life (HOT TIP: this is not Spotty the dog leaving home.)
Maybe their husband of thirty years...
The purpose of these exercises is to get a good idea of the way your character responds and why. We are all shaped by our environment and draw conclusions and beliefs based on these environments, and stuff that happens to us. It is very difficult to change this way of thinking which is where the...
Maybe you were one of those lucky people who was brought up by two loving parents in a stable and loving home and absolutely nothing happened to convince you that you were unlovable, unworthy or undesirable in any way. But, for most of us, THINGS happened.
The world simply isn’t built that way...
As promised, here’s the course structure:
Day One: Introduction (a super brief introduction to inner conflict and some questions about your specific needs)
Day Two: Emotional Wounds
Day Three: Cataclysmic Events
Day Four: Conflict with your love interest
Day Five: Defence Mechanisms
Welcome to this workshop on Inner Conflict! Thank you for signing up! I hope that over the next two weeks, you’ll be more familiar with inner conflict and how to apply it to your characters. There’s a separate post, “Outline” that details the aspects we’ll be looking at in more detail and the...
Just like that, we’re at the end of the week!
Thank you for spending this time with me.
I hope you’ve found the course helpful, and if you did, if you could please consider leaving a review.
I’ll still be checking in over the next few days, so if you haven’t had a chance this week to do the...
We’ve reached the last day!
When you settle down to ‘The Work’, there are a few things you can do to immediately tighten up your writing. I use the ‘find’ function to root out the issues listed below.
1) Removing filler words:
Filler words are words that are not doing your manuscript any...
Day 5! Exercises in green.
Much like adverbs, there’s a school of thought that suggests that adjectives (an adjective describes a noun) should be removed as much as possible. But adjectives have their role, the trick is in which adjectives you use.
He drove a yellow car.
Consider the two...
We’ve reached Day Four! Homework in red.
Comparisons that state how one thing is like another, and makes your language colorful. Similes use ‘like’ or ‘as’, and metaphors…don’t. Comparisons tend to be used in abundance in poetry, fiction, songs, for example:
‘Love is a battlefield’, Pat...
It’s Day 3! The exercises are highlighted in blue.
There are two parts to this.
Part One: BOLD character action
How do we know Rick has a strong moral code in The Walking Dead? Because he handcuffed a racist to the roof of a building after he’d beaten up his colleague? Or because he went...