Conflict is the heart of story. Without conflict, a story is nothing but a flat line on the EKG of literature. What are the types of conflict? How does one increase conflict without compromising plausibility and character empathy? What does it mean when an editor suggests that you increase the stakes? We’ll discuss these and other questions in #litchat WritingWednesday. Take a few minutes to read through the following resources and then join us at 4pmET for #litchat.

5 Ways to Increase Conflict
Chuck Sambuchino, Writer’s Digest

Conflict: Beyond Arguments & Fist Fights
Beth Hill, The Editor’s Blog

Essays—Conflict in Fiction
William H. Coles, Story in Literary Fiction

Conflict in Fiction 
Tina Morgan, Fiction Factor

What is Conflict?
Caro Clarke, caroclarke.com

Increasing Conflict in Fiction
Meredith Efken, Fiction Workbench

Where’s Your Conflict?
James Chartrand, Fuel Your Writing