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13 Jan

Where I Keep My Secrets

11 Jan

Defying Social Norms for Social Change

09 Jan

How Music Connects Us All

06 Jan

The Neuroscience of Imagination

21 Dec

Life Changing Organization Tips: The KonMari Method

19 Dec

To Reach Beyond Your Limits by Training Your Mind

14 Dec

Everybody Dies But Not Everybody Lives

12 Dec

The Skill of Self-Confidence

09 Dec

How to Know Your Life Purpose in Five Minutes

08 Dec

Online vs. Offline Self: Who is the Real You?

07 Dec

How to Simplify your Life and Live Minimally

06 Dec

Conflict as a Core of a Dramatic Plot

Any good dramatic story always starts with a conflict. It is not necessarily to show it on the first page, but by the end of the first third of the narrative, it must be stated. Otherwise, the reader may simply get bored. How many times have you read books in which something is happening page after page, but it is still unclear why and for what purpose? It’s so because the conflict is not specified, and the reader can’t understand the essence of the events going on.

I believe the conflict should include well-defined powers. That’s the best way to convey to the reader “who is who.” Both sides should have a specific goal, the achieving of each is vital.

Let’s take an example:

  • Two couples with children go on two-day countryside party. In the evening, a poisonous snake bites the girl.  The father of the second family tries to help her, but the snake bites him too. The venom is deadly, but the man has an antidote. Two close-knit families at once become fierce enemies. Here the conflict appears.

In this story, the heart of the conflict is the vial of antidote. It is very important to take something concrete as a core. As for the clash of extremes, the more contrast the opposing characters, the brighter the conflict. Don't forget that the parties should create barriers to each other. In no case, their confrontation should be lethargic! The farther they are willing to go, the more exciting the story.

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Getting Stuck in the Negative (And How to Get Unstuck)

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How You See Me

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Why You Don’t Get What You Want (It’s Not What You Expect)

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How Do You Define Yourself?

19 Nov

How to Plan your Week

17 Nov

The Art of Bringing People Together

15 Nov

What is the Power of Art?

07 Nov

The Power of Morning and Evening Routines

30 Oct

Kid President Presents: The Scariest Things in the World

28 Oct

She Opened a School to Close a Prison

23 Oct

How to Speak So That People Want to Listen

18 Oct

The Handbook to Creating Art

13 Oct

The History of Consumerism

09 Oct

Are You Happy?

04 Oct

The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

30 Sep

The Truth About Growing Up

27 Sep

The Creative Zone

25 Sep

10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation