Question: So I'm having trouble with conflicts. I want my story to be about a girl who is a princess but doesn't know it. Later on in the story she, herself founds out she is a princess. She tells her friends this but they don't believe her. Then later at night she dreams of a portal that will take her anywhere she wishes to go, so she checks this place out with her friends and it's actually true. So what my question is... I'm not sure what the conflict is going to be I'm having trouble on developing a conflict please help. What I was thinking is that, she would travel with her friends to the castle and there she meets the bad queen (the queen of the village and has a daughter) who, toke over everything. That's it. The protagonist is there because she wants the castle back, everything that belonged to her and her family but I don't know how she's going to do that, what is she going to do to be able get what she wants? And I want to find a way the queen can sabotage this. I hope this makes sense. Thanks for the website c:
I think you already have the germ of a conflict. The Queen (stepmother perhaps?) wants her daughter on the throne rather than your Princess. It's a bit like Snow White and Cinderella combined.
So the question is... why does this conflict come to a head now?
A common solution (which I give as an example only) is that the
Princess is destined to ascend to the throne when she reaches a certain age. Until then, she has been sent away with no knowledge of her status for her protection.
But with her birthday approaching, she receives messages intended to summon her to the castle for the coronation.
Now your evil Queen has a limited time to get rid of the Princess so her daughter (the next in line) can be crowned instead. To complicate things, the Queen may have other factions she is fending off.
Another cliche would be that the Queen secretly killed the King during the Princess's absence.
To make this story more interesting, you might look for a twist -- either on the characters or the setting or the plot.
You might also want to show your main character coping with politics (or social conflicts) in the real world before she goes to the castle. We should see if she has some talent (that might be useful at the climax) or a weakness she must learn to overcome.
Once you have decided on your key conflicts, it may help to outline an arc for each of them. Think of each one passing through four stages, as in...
1. An event that reveals or establishes the conflict.
2. An event that intensifies the conflict, raises the stakes, or adds a new complication.
3. An event in which the conflict reaches a crisis -- a do-or-die moment.
4. An event that shows the outcome of the conflict -- how things stand in the end, who won and who lost.
Best of luck.