Jennifer talks about conflict in her stories...
At the RWA Nationals conference that I attended this past week, one of the best workshops I went to was on conflict by Sarah McLean. There were lots of great pieces of advice, but the easiest way to describe conflict was this: and then…and then…but! “And then” is how your story progresses, “but” is how the story is interrupted by the conflict.
There are many ways to show conflict, both internally and externally. When I was thinking about it, however, one of the internal conflicts I use often is deception.
Deception isn’t always on purpose and it isn’t always for nefarious reasons.
In The Seduction of Esther, Samara tries to hide her quirky personality from Nathaniel because she’s not sure he’ll like her if she shows him the real her. And Nathaniel wants to hide everything from everybody because he’s had enough of life in a fishbowl and wants to just blend into the background.
In Miriam’s Surrender, Josh hides his poor background from the world. He’s made a success of his life and doesn’t want to dwell on his past.
No matter what happens externally to keep the heroes and heroines apart, it isn’t until Samara and Nathaniel are able trust each other enough to reveal their real selves, and Josh is able to give up control as well as trust Miriam, that they can be together.