Every work of literature, and much nonfiction narrative, is based on at least one of the following conflicts. When you write a story or a biography, or relate a true event or series of events, you need not focus on such themes, but you’re wise to identify the conflicts inherent in your composition and apply them as you write.
1. Person vs. Fate/God
This category could be considered part of conflict with self or with society - a conflict with fate/God (Oedipus Rex) is part of an internal struggle, while a conflict with religion is a conflict with society.
2. Person vs. Self
A person’s struggle with his or her own prejudices or doubts or character flaws constitutes this type of conflict (Hamlet).
3. Person vs. Person
Any story featuring a hero and a villain or villains (The Count of Monte Cristo) represents this type of conflict.
4. Person vs. Society
When the protagonist’s conflict extends to confronting institutions, traditions, or laws of his or her culture, he or she struggles to overcome them, either triumphing over a corrupt society, rejecting it (Fahrenheit 451), or succumbing to it (1984).
5. Person vs. Nature
In this conflict, the protagonist is pitted against nature (Robinson Crusoe) or a representation of it, often in the form of an animal (Moby Dick).
6. Person vs. Supernatural
Superficially, conflict with the supernatural may seem equivalent to conflict with fate or God, or representative of a struggle with an evocation of self (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) or nature (The Birds). But this category stands on its own feet as well.
7. Person vs. Technology
Humanity’s innate skepticism about the wonders of technology has resulted in many stories in which antagonists use technology to gain power or in which technology takes over or becomes a malign influence on society (Brave New World).
Here’s what I’ve found on EMTs, anon!
- Want to become an Emergency Medical Technician?
- What EMTs and Paramedics Do
- How to Become an EMT or Paramedic
- Pay for EMTs
- An EMT’s Work Environment
- EMT Educational Requirements
As for medical scenes relating to your character’s work, check these links out. You could also take a look and read through some of the blogs off this list of EMS blogs, or ask them questions too!
- 10 Things Writers Get Wrong About EMS
- Human Anatomy
- Getting Nasty Stains out of Your Scrubs
- TheWritingCafe’s Medicine Tag
- ReferenceForWriters’ Medical Research Tag
Hope this helps!
It’s time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo if you haven’t already. Camille and I are making preparations for the 2000 follower giveaway/contest, and thinking about ideas for articles and posts we can put together.
It’s also time to see if anyone wants to share their experiences or wisdom about participating in National Novel Writing Month. If you do, send us a message with the following information:
- How long you’ve done NaNo
- Your topic
- 3 points you want to make
- why are you the person to write this?
We’ll look over your idea and be in touch. Remember there are all kinds of topics and they can have to do with any of the following:
- Getting your story ready (plot, characters, antagonists, world building, etc)
- motivation to keep writing
- tricks you have used in the past
- plot twists
There are plenty of more ideas you can use too. So let us know if you want to get your post on Writrs!