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The basic building blocks of romance fiction are conflicts: internal, external, and romantic. Strong conflicts drive readers to keep reading in order to discover who wins.
No matter how beautiful the writing is, if the conflict isn’t strong enough, the reader will get bored and go read something else. Great conflicts, on the other hand, can turn a book into a bestseller and an author into an autobuy.
New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight explains how she designs conflicts for maximum punch, then uses them to construct a climax that is both unpredictable and powerful. She provides students with worksheets they can use to design their own conflicts, then determine how to resolve them in an emotionally satisfying way.
Lessons in this month-long online class will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They include:
- Introduction: The importance of Conflict
- What is Conflict?
- The Three forms of Conflict in Romance
- Conflict as the Building Blocks of Character
- Internal Conflict as the Key to Three-Dimensional Characters
- Romantic Conflict as the Spine of the Romance
- External Conflict as the Bones of the Plot
- Using Each type of Conflict to Complicate the Others
- Building the Plot from Conflict Events
- Writing powerful Turning Points for Conflicts
- Writing Conflict Resolutions
- Using the Resolutions of the Internal and Romantic Conflicts in the External Climax.
Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, and Changeling Press. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.
In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company’s Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she’d be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes.
Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.