Conflict. It's everywhere we look and part of our lives whether we want it to be or not. But when it comes to creating conflict in a character, my first tendency is to run and hide. Have the character go to a "safe place". I like my characters. I don't want awful things to happen to them. Why can't they live in ignorant bliss, happily ever after?
Probably because it isn't much fun to read a story like that.
It's a struggle for me to write conflict in my current WIP.. Here's where you come in. What are your tried and true tips/tricks for creating conflict? How do you throw your characters under the bus for the sake of the story? Do you have a formula that works for you?
I want to help my characters in my current manuscript live up to their full potential. To experience ALL life has to offer, even the ugly, uncomfortable aspects. Any suggestions?