Provide A Worthy Opponent

You don't have a conflict if it's a foregone conclusion that the good guy's gonna win. The problems your main character confronts should be a true test of her mettle, exposing her shortcomings and calling forth her strengths.

Just as readers need someone to cheer for, we need someone or something to root against. The opponent should be as clever as the protagonist and have as much at stake. The more advantages an adversary enjoys over her—more power, more allies, more knowledge of what's going on—the greater are the tension and suspense.

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