This is the continuation of last week's blog about story elements. Previously, we discussed the importance of setting, characters, and plot. This week, I will outline the significance of the final two elements: conflict and resolution. Can you define them? Do you know the role each one plays in a story? Let's see.
Conflict is the issue that increases tension and challenges the main character in some way. What problem(s) will the protagonist overcome to reach enlightenment? For instance, John is the main character who struggles with finding a job, catching up on his child support payments, and getting the love of his life back. John represents any number of men who is hindered by outside forces from reaching his goal. Will he overcome them, or will he suffer defeat at the hands of the above conflicts? Conflict increases the tension and ramps of what's at stake. In other words, how will you as the writer challenge the character or characters' status quo to intensify conflict?
Resolution is how the story ends. Writers tie up loose ends and all questions at this point are answered. Not all resolutions have to be the warm feel good kind. Either way, the resolution must be one that fits the story, the events, and the characters involved. Perhaps, John turns his Youtube hobby into a beneficial career that brings him closer to his son and his ex-wife.
As you can see, setting, characters, plot, conflict, and resolution are key elements every writer must develop to create a quality story readers will be interested in. How those elements are incorporated is up to the individual writer. The question is, how do you plan to use the tools to create a fictitious and/or non-fictitious world?