Conflict in your writing allows for character development and also, grips the reader’s attention. However, this depends on how well you express it in your writing. To heighten the conflict and make it interesting to the readers, ensure that it is well thought and articulated and also that there is a side with which readers can sympathize and route for.
The readers should, therefore, be aware of what is happening and get even more interested and in suspense, yearning to see how the conflict will be resolved. Conflict makes for a gripping story but how do you ensure that readers love it? Here are several ways to make the conflicts in your writing compelling and appealing to your readers such that it inspires and creates emotions in them:
Ensure the Characters Involved Have Chemistry
No one wants to read conflict between two boring or dispassionate characters. Besides, the characters must be well matched to complement each other. The conflict between an aggressive and opinionated character and a soft-spoken but wise counterpart can be quite interesting to see. Even if the characters have some similar aspects, there should be a significant difference and something they are both fighting for and against for it the conflict to be compelling and hard to figure out.
Make it a Slow Build in Tension
Once you identify the best dynamic and engaging characters to embroil in conflict, the next thing is to make their tension a slow build and an investment for them both. If your characters are invested in the outcome so will your readers. A slow build also enables you to raise the stakes and allow for a breather for the readers before the tension reaches its peak. The uncertainty will keep readers turning the pages (or scrolling) to get to know the outcome.
Create Turmoil in the Characters’ Lives as well
What is at stake for both characters should not be the only thing keeping the conflict building. The tension in the characters’ inner lives, relationships and their surrounding world will help amp the stakes and the need for an outcome in their individual favour. Multiple sources of tension make for a great riveting conflict and therefore don’t stop with the main source, add sources such as love affairs, environmental hazard and in other cases workplace politics among other sources.
Create a Sense of Urgency
A conflict will rarely have your readers at the edge of their seats if no urgency is involved in one way or another. Therefore, ensure the story unfolds in an urgent space of time.