Dramatizing inner conflict
Write your characters’ internal struggles with powerful emotions that keep the reader wondering what happens next.
One of the best ways to infuse a story with drama is by giving a character internal struggles. Inner conflict draws readers or viewers to a character, deepening their investment in the story. But it must be written strategically so that the reader is held in suspense, not sure what the character will do.
This workshop addresses how to:
This course includes
This workshop includes class notes so you can follow along with the video lectures and worksheets to help you articulate and plan each characters’ fear responses.
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Barbara Vance, PhD
I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.
My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.
Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.
I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.