• Mini Mind Hike

    Two Conflicting Needs

    I’ve discovered a new voice that I loved reading all weekend. Victoria Mixon, she’s an editor and her new book The Art and Craft of Story is wonderful. Much of it is essays about writing rather than a traditional how-to format. Boy, does this gal have a voice. And strong opinions. I appreciate both. The thing that’s smacked me upside the head is her discussion of Two Conflicting Needs. Mixon says on page 71 that Internal Conflict comes from dual, opposing needs. “No matter what happens in a story, our protagonist’s fundamental conflicting needs keep them from achieving the aim they’ve set themselves to achieve and, even worse, force them…