The Fantasy Writers' Toolshed


How To Create Conflict

Season 1, Ep. 22

In this episode, Richie is talking all things conflict. What is conflict? Why is it important? How do you create it? And he discusses its close relationship with characterisation.

To hammer home everything covered, we're finishing up with a writing exercise. And we're turning it into a competition.

Submit your conflict-filled short stories to us and the winner will be published on the Of Metal and Magic Publishing website, plus they'll receive a bunch of free books! Closing date is Saturday 26th February, and submissions should be emailed to We'll announce the winner next month.

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Links mentioned in the episode:


OMAM's LOTR giveaway -

Richie Billing's sword & sorcery giveaway -


Richie's guide on conflict -

Background music and sound effects by BBilling

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