Conflict: The Secret Ingredient

Without conflict, what's the point, really? It's what helps us decide whether to read on or not. The ancient Greeks understood conflict and created the foundation for all drama and comedy upon this essential 'x' factor. Shakespeare, Woolf, and Hemingway put it in every paragraph. House puts it in every line of dialogue. Writing without Conflict is bread without nutrition, texture or flavor. Effective prose includes conflict: yin and yang... body and soul... Tracy and Hepburn... rock 'n roll... hip and hop... good and evil... want and need... light and dark... sweet and sour... life and death... freedom and enslavement... sharp and blunt... light and dark...