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Ultimate Screenwriting Guide: How To Create Conflict In Your Screenplay

Ultimate Screenwriting Guide: How To Create Conflict In Your Screenplay

CONFLICT.  Without conflict, there is no drama.  It’s the central element that makes your characters in your screenplay interesting.  Below you’ll find over 50 screenwriting resources to help you master conflict in your screenplay.

Thanks to Scriptnotes’ Conflict Episode for inspiring this Ultimate Screenwriting Guide!


The Importance of Putting Your Characters Through Hell in Your Screenplay | No Film School

FORUM | Conflict | The Black Board

The Story Must Be A Conflict | Go Into The Story | More On Conflict Here

5 Ways To Create Conflict In Your Screenplay | Screen Craft

How To Create Conflict Between Protagonists | The Script Lab

Why Your Story’s Conflict Isn’t Working | The Story Department

Conflict Through Dialogue | The Script Lab

Conflict: The Foundation Of Storytelling | Script Magazine

What Is The Conflict In The Scene | Go Into The Story

Character + Want + Conflict = Story | The Script Lab

Inner Conflict: The Absolute Only Way To Write It For The Screen | Script Magazine

Writing Characters Using Conflict & Backstory | Movie Outline

How To Add Conflict To A Scene | Script Shadow

Positive Conflict | Bang 2 Write

Conflict & Obstacles: Driving Forces In A Screenplay | Screenwriter On Location

Developping Characters Through Conflict | Script Magazine

Creating Complex Characters: Inner Conflict | The Script Lab

Creating Conflict Using Personality Theory | Script Angel

Character Creation: Goal & Conflict | Screen Craft

Does Your Conflict Stem From Concept | The Aspiring TV Writer & Screenwriter Blog

Levels Of Dramatic Conflict In Your Story | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

How To Heighten The Tension in Your Plot By Creating The Irresolvable Problem | Movie Outline

Tips On Creating Conflict In Screenwriting | Bright Hub

The Real Reason Most Screenplays Fail | Corey Mandell

Conflict Is The Main Driver Of Stories | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Conflict: The Stuff Stories Are Made Of | Elements Of Cinema

Character Flaws: Better Conflict | The Script Lab

Conflict: A Writer’s Best Friend | Plots Inc.

Without Dramatic Conflict, Your Characters Are Boring | The Story Department

Relationship Conflict | The Aspiring TV Writer & Screenwriter Blog

Conflict vs Tension | Writer’s Helping Writers

The Three Types Of Conflict | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Why The Hell Should I Care About Conflict | Script Shadow

The Avengers: Age of Ultron & The Importance Of Conflict In Your Screenplay | Spark

PODCAST | The Conflict Episode | Scriptnotes (Read The Transcript Here)


If you’re serious about mastering conflict in your screenplay, I highly recommend listening to the Scriptnotes episode linked above.  Craig Mazin & John August offer extremely valuable advice while examining the following 6 types of conflict in great detail:

1- An Arguement

2- Struggle Against Circumstance

3- Internal Conflict/Unfulfille Desire

4- Avoiding A Negative Outcome

5- Confusion

6- Dilemma


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The 12 Question Fiction Writing Conflict Test | Writer’s Write

The Secret To Creating Conflict | The Write Practice

5 Ways To Increase Conflict | Writer’s Digest

External Conflict vs Internal Conflict | How To Write A Book

7 Types Of Narrative Conflict | Daily Writing Tips

Creating Conflict (Or The Joys Of Boiling Oil) | Holly Lisle

Creating Conflict & Sustaining Suspense | Fiction Factor

How To Complicate Your Story Conflict & Keep Readers Interested | Creative Writing Now

Types Of Conflict Found In Literature | Storyboard That

Conflict | Literary Devices

Where’s Your Conflict | Fuel Your Writing

What Is Conflict | Caro Clarke

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