The Legs of Conflict Explore conflict on all 4s. Conflict is more than fighting. Simply put, conflict is when something or someone stands in a character's way and it occurs on 4 primal levels: 1) Inner conflict is when your character is acting against what they believe, they become heroes when they have the courage of their convictions but they shouldn't start out that way. 2) Personal conflict is when their buttons are pushed by someone who has a personal stake in their lives. 3) Social conflict (look around it's everywhere) 4) Physical conflict, these are the battles, yes. But they could also be rising flood waters, lost keys or broken air conditioning. Since every scene should have a character trying to achieve something, it stands to reason that someone or something would stand in the way and now you have 4 ways to achieve that -- so there is no excuse for boring, unneccessary scenes. Stand conflicted in your story, not in your day.