One mistake beginning writers sometimes make is to underestimate the importance of the conflict. A story with a conflict that is flimsy or not believable will not sustain a reader’s interest even if it has the most beautiful description, narration, and dialogue. Stories with cliché or over-used conflicts often also fail to sustain a reader’s attention.
So how can you use conflict and tension to your benefit in a story? Here are some easy tips:
Make the conflict believable.
Make the conflict unique.
Make the conflict clear.
Use dialogue to create tension.
Use tension to create suspense.
Set characters at odds with each other.
Make sure the characters show some kind of growth or change at the end of the story.