Conflict Thesaurus

Every scene needs tension, and when it comes to adding conflict to our stories, the options are virtually limitless. Looking for a source of conflict that will create inner turmoil for the protagonist, undermine their relationships, block them from achieving important goals, or just frustrate them to the point of doing something stupid? We’ve examined these ideas and more, exploring the emotions that may results, complications that could arise, and their impact on the character’s basic human needs, among other things. So if it’s conflict you’re after, we’ve got you covered!

What Is a Conflict Thesaurus?

A Car Accident
A Competitor Showing Up
A Deadline Being Moved Up
A Delay that Makes One Late
A Divorce or Break Up
A Partner Being Unwilling to Commit
A Romantic Competitor
A Repressed Memory Resurfacing
An Elderly Parent Requiring Care
An
Estranged Relative Showing Up
An Unexpected Pregnancy
Bad Weather
Being Assigned an Undesirable Partner
Being Falsely Accused
Bei
ng Forced to Marry
Being Forced to Move
Being Given an Ultimatum
Being Given Bad News
Being Ignored or Blown Off
Being Mistaken for Someone Else
Being Offered an Easy Way Out
Being Physically Assaulted by a Stranger
Being Sabotaged
Being Turned Down by a Potential Love Interest
Being Unable to Save Everyone
Being Unprepared
Confiding In the Wrong Person
Discovering a Spouse’s Secret
Doing Something Stupid While Impaired
Experiencing a Crisis of Self-Doubt
Facing a Challenge Beyond One’s Knowledge or Skill
Failing at Something
Family Secrets Being Revealed
Getting Caught in a Lie
Having Feelings for Someone One Shouldn’t
Having to Work with an Enemy
Losing a Bet
Losing a Job
Losing a Phone
Losing One’s Temper
Misaligned Goals
Nepotism at Work
Peer Pressure
Physical Exhaustion
Public Humiliation
Pulling the Plug on Someone
Running Out of Critical Supplies
Seeing an Ex with Someone New
Sending a Private Message to the Wrong Person
Taking Advice from the Wrong Person
Unknowingly Sharing Incorrect Information
Unwanted Scrutiny
Wrong Place, Wrong Time

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