Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Conflict Thesaurus Conflict Challenge (+Giveaway)

I don't know about you, but I get a little excited when a new writing guide comes along. Today I get to spill the news that The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles (Vol. 1) has hit the shelves. 

This guide is about that killer ingredient our stories need: Conflict.
It shows you exactly how to use conflict to raise tension, create a fresh story premise, and pull readers in. The guide also dives into over 100 conflict scenarios and how each can be endlessly adapted to challenge a character inside and out. Problems, Moral Dilemmas, Ticking Clocks, Obstacles, No-Win Scenarios...this book is plot brainstorming in overdrive!

I'm part of Angela & Becca's Street Team for this release, and we have an important question to ask you

Can You Survive Danger as Well as Your Favorite Protagonist?

Sure, it's easy for you to use conflict to torture your characters and make them struggle,

but what if it's you in the hot seat instead? Will you make good decisions, or bad ones? 

It's time to find out by taking the Conflict Challenge! I dare you to become the protagonist in a special story Angela & Becca have created. And heads up, if you survive, you win some pretty cool stuff! 


While you're at Writers Helping Writers taking the Conflict Challenge, make sure to enter The Conflict Thesaurus celebratory giveaway, too. But hurry - it's only on for a few days. 

So, take the challenge...if you dare. And don't forget to come back and let me know how you did against Camp Deadwood! 

Then Conflict Challenge is so much fun! I have to admit I took the adventure twice and let's just say, I'm not always the bravest person!


My thoughts on this new thesaurus.

In a word: Fantastic!

I'm a romance writer and I love happy endings! In real life, I've been a teacher for more than a couple of decades. I'm great at defusing conflict and alleviating stress.

But as we all know, every good story needs conflict. The better the conflict, the better the story, and the better the happy ending! Cue stress for this mediator personality.

Angela and Becca have created the Conflict Thesaurus and it is magnificent!

In this thesaurus, a wide variety of conflicts are described. For each, the thesaurus lists examples, minor complications, potentially disastrous results, resulting emotions, possible internal struggles, negative traits that may worsen the situation, impact on basic needs, positive traits to help the character cope, and positive outcomes.

In short, everything a writer might want to know!

Looking to strengthen your writing? You won't go wrong with any of the books in this series, but the Conflict Thesaurus might just be your favourite!

How about you? Do you love new resources for writers? Any other fans of this Thesaurus series? How are you at coping with conflict?


  1. Blogger is having a hissy fit at me. I hope it will allow this comment through. This sounds like a wonderful resource.
    I often cope with conflict by running away - and live to run another day.

    1. I'm good Blogger got its mood rearranged! :)
      I'm exactly the same - which is why I love this resource!

  2. I met a gruesome death. Figures. Got this book on my wish list. I love these books!

    1. I was right there with you, Stacy!!
      Love them too!

  3. I just read Angela's article at the IWSG site - very helpful.

  4. Their books are so helpful. Glad you're part of their street team. I am too.

  5. I can't imagine I would make good decisions. I assume I would meet a quick death. :)

    The conflict thesaurus sounds like it could be a good tool for NaNoWriMo next month...especially for those of us lacking a plan.

    1. It's a great tool for sure.
      I'm not the person to rely on in a dangerous scenario...

  6. I'm fairly certain I wouldn't fare well at all if I ended up in any of the same situations I put my characters in.

  7. The conflict thesaurus sounds like something I need...especially for my outlines (or lack of them).