How I run to avoid conflict. My characters exchange pleasantries – possibly they have life changing announcements to make – but do they yell and swear? No. They vomit quietly into bushes or fall out of bed.
Of course conflict doesn’t have to be between characters, as in real life, but usually they aren’t supposed to be reasonable, rational and thoughtful.
How do you show a character struggling with conflict? You can say ‘Joe was tortured by his wife’s infidelity’. We all know that telling this is never as convincing as showing his torture.
I don’t like the shout-y form of communication popular in films and television. But I haven’t yet figured out how to convey that earthquake in the lift of an eyebrow.