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Definition: Conflict is the heart of any plot. The conflict can be between the protagonist and another character, the antagonist; between the protagonist and nature; or the protagonist and society. It can also be an internal or psychological conflict.

While a conflict can be very straightforward: good versus evil, the best conflicts force a character to choose between two basically good outcomes.

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