Monday, December 2, 2013

Internal character conflicts

Everyone in real life has conflicts.  And your characters are no different.  There are basically two types of conflicts: internal and external.  Today we'll explore internal conflicts.

Internal conflucts are defined as events or processes within the character that shape how they act.  They may be happy-go-lucky on the outside--what they show the world at large--while inside they're an alcoholic or a budding serial killer or a kleptomaniac.

Think of the people around you.  Whether or not they're reserved or outgoing, what's going on in that brain of theirs.  Maybe they're caring for a loved one who has terminal cancer, and the stress is causing them to take a few pills here and there.  Maybe they're in a high-paying, high-pressure job and they want nothing more than to sit out at their lake cabin and paint.

What's going on in their brain?

How do they handle stress?

In my thriller Beholder's Eye, the main character is an investigator for the Minneapolis PD.  He's good at his job, but he struggles with the job as a whole.  He wants nothing more than to be with his family, but the pressures of the job keep him away.  And the bigger the case, the more he's away.  His wife has a decent job, so it isn't because of the money.  Skills-wise, investigating crimes is what he's good at.  Wow, what a problem to have!  Many times we read thrillers where the cop is married to the job and has marital problems.  Kolin is the opposite: he wants to be with his family and puts his job far below on his list of priorities.

To find out more, be sure to check out Beholder's Eye, the first thriller in the Central Division Series available on the Amazon Kindle store.

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