"Conflict is the struggle against someone or something in which the outcome is in doubt. In books, bad things happen to good people." ~ Debra Dixon
"Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of." – Kurk Vonnegut.
"Let me warn you... if conflict makes you unconfortable or you have difficulity wrecking the lives of your characters, you need to consider another line of work ,"~ Debra Dixon
"When you describe a character, you give the reader an image of him. But when you put him to the test by putting him in conflict, then he springs to life. He is forced to make a decision, and then forced to act upon that decision. This displays the mettle of the character, which allows the reader to get to the essence of who the character is." ~ Elizabeth George