Conflict Test

1. Does one of the characters have to change in order for the conflict to be resolved?

_____ Yes, Score 1
_____ No, Score 0
_____ Both characters change, Score 2

2. Can conflict be resolved with a good, honest heart-to-heart between your characters?

_____ Yes, Score 0
_____ No, Score 1

3. Is it believable the one character (or both) would be leery of a relationship because of your conflict?

_____ Yes, Score 1
_____ No, Score 0
_____ Ask this question to someone else who’s read your story. If they say yes, add one bonus point.
 

4. Is conflict resolved because of sacrifice on one character’s part?

_____ Yes, Score 1
_____ No, Score 0
_____ If BIG sacrifice, Score 2

 5. Must one character abandon their story goal?

_____ Yes, Score 1
_____ No, Score 0

6. Does conflict occur ONLY because one character does not trust the other character enough to have a heart-two-heart talk?

_____ Yes, Score 0
_____ No, Score 1

Score 9: Perfect SCORE!!!! Your conflict is right up there with Shakespeare or Lorraine Heath!

5-8: Good job! Thorough, consistent, believable. Character development is entwined with conflict. Grisham could learn from you!

0-4: You are too nice a person. Watch the evening news, go stand in line at the post office, or try to go through the express line at the grocery story with too many items. You must learn how to truly torment your characters properly.

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