A lovely relationship map (very funny btw) done by Noelle Stevenson, pick it up at: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/gingerhaze/fellowship-relationship-map/
Relationships are at the heart of fiction and life. They are what make our own lives have value and make a book worth reading. Sometimes it can be tempting to remove road blocks such as misunderstandings and failure to see eye to eye on things from between your protagonist and his/her sidekicks, mentors, etc.
However, in doing so we really do a disservice to our stories because at the heart of all stories isn’t just relationships… there’s also conflict. Our character’s problems and how we do or don’t deal with them are how we keep a story going and our readers reading. Do you know what you call two characters without conflict of some kind? “Happily Ever After” or “The End.” That’s right, the story is done between them.
So, conflict between even the…
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