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Thursday, January 13, 2011

External Conflict

In the last several months, I've read a lot about internal and external conflicts and using them in a story. Even with historicals, many so-called ripped from the headline ideas can be used. Let's face it, murder, cheating, espionage, and family drama have changed  very little over the last several hundred years.

Using them in hsitoricals is actually a lot of fun. It's the terminology that needs changing of course, but that makes the conflict all the more intenst. Forensics didn't exist, so no fingerprints, DNA, nothing. Couldn't call someone up on the cell and track them, or trace their phone logs.

Some of my favorites include taking a recent headline and playing with it.

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