Fiction University: The Inner Struggle: Guides for Using Internal Conflict That Make Sense

By Janice Hardy on janicehardy.com

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In this step you'll learn about internal conflict and character arcs. Internal conflict is about the emotional growth of the protagonist and the character arc is the growth the protagonist undergoes over the story. Michael Hauge's Workshop: An Antidote to “Love at First Sight” provides an easy way to develop character arcs in your novel. The main elements of the inner conflict arc are the longing or need, fear, wound, belief and essence. Understanding these elements helps you figure out what the protagonist is afraid of experiencing again and craft situations that force the character to face and experience that fear. The climax of the character arc is when the protagonist digs deep down, embraces their essence, and wins.