Sheep #1: We're baaaack.
Guardian: I just got the brain cleaned up after your last visit. Who knew that sheep shed?
Sheep #2: We did.
Guardian: Why are you back?
Sheep #1: Conflict.
Guardian: You don't have enough?
Sheep #2: We're sheep. Of course we're conflicted. Who's going to lead, who's going to follow, it's a power struggle.
Sheep #1: It's the writer. She's worried about conflict.
Guardian: I thought everything was going so well.
Sheep #2: Well, you were wrong. She's having a struggle with internal versus external conflict.
Guardian: We're back to the car chases and maniacs lurking in the attic, aren't we?
Sheep #1: That's right. Is it enough for a story to have its conflict takng place within each character and between characters? Is psychological conflict sufficient? Or do you have to throw in the equivalent of car chases and people rushing about lugging meat cleavers?
Guardian: Some of the best books involve psychological conflict.
Sheep #2: Yes, but those are important books. Books dealing with the riddle of life and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. Literary fiction. She's writing a mystery. Completely different genre.
Sheep #1: Don't get us wrong. We love mysteries. We love well written mysteries. But can she write this type? Will it work?
Guardian: I'm confused. She just read her draft and was quite pleased. I know. I felt the grin.
Sheep #2: She's conflicted. Ironic isn't it?
Guardian: What's the plan?
Sheep #1: We're just going to frolic about for a bit. Maybe jump a few fences. Usually if we show up she figures it out.
Sheep #2: I'd recommend keeping a watchful eye. Knives and speedy roadsters could be making an appearance.
Sheep #1: I've never driven before.
Sheep #2: Maybe that will be enough conflict.