The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles


By Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Volume 1

Categories: , ,


Every story starts with a character who is motivated by a need and has a goal that can resolve it. Whether their objective is to find a life partner, bring a killer to justice, overthrow a cruel regime, or something else, conflict transforms a story premise into something fresh. Physical obstacles, adversaries, moral dilemmas, deep-seated doubts and personal struggles…these not only block a character’s external progress, they become a gateway for internal growth. The right conflict will build tension and high stakes, challenge characters as they traverse their arcs, and most importantly, keep readers emotionally invested from beginning to end.


Inside Volume 1 of The Conflict Thesaurus, you’ll find:

  • A myriad of conflict options in the form of relationship friction, failures and mistakes, moral dilemmas and temptations, pressure and ticking clocks, and no-win scenarios
  • An analysis of each scenario that maps out possible complications and catastrophes, internal struggles, and the stressful impacts on a character’s basic human needs
  • Guidance on using conflict to influence your protagonist’s character arc through opportunities for failure and success
  • Master class instruction on internal conflict: what it is, why it’s important, and how to incorporate it at the scene and story levels
  • Information about the role conflict plays in generating high stakes that are personally significant to the character, upping the tension for readers
  • A breakdown of the various adversaries your character might encounter along the way

Don’t give your character a break. Keep the hits coming with a variety of obstacles that will force them to work harder to get what they want. With over 100 entries arranged in a user-friendly format, The Conflict Thesaurus is the guide you need to write intense and satisfying fiction readers won’t forget.



There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *