4 levels of story conflict

Bookmarked Does Conflict Really Belong on Every Page? — Guest: Angela Ackerman by Angela Ackerman (

Understanding the levels of conflict and how various challenges will interact is key to building a rich, powerful story.

The central conflict locks the wheels of your story’s rollercoaster onto a specific track so the macro and micro challenges you add will support plot and character development.

  1. Central Conflict
  2. Story-Level (Macro) Conflict
  3. Scene-Level (Micro) Conflict
  4. Internal Conflict

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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