How to Identify Conflict

Here’s a little writing tip I just learned.

the word butWrite a synopsis of your story. You know, tell what happens ( Dorothy is suddenly caught in a tornado that carries her to a faraway land called Oz). If at anytime you insert the word ‘but’ in your synopsis, you have conflict. If, however, you cannot insert the word ‘but’ anywhere, then you have no conflict and you have no story.

Dorothy, a farm girl,  finds herself transported to a faraway land called Oz.  BUT an evil witch wants to Dorothy. Before she can return to Kansas Dorothy has to deal with the witch and a wizard.

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