How to Create Conflict

The power of writing a story or screenplay is to create well delineated characters and a strong the storyline with evident conflict, action, and resolution.  Even Aristotle defined these aspects of story.

Get quickly into the conflict and directly to the meat of the matter, the heart, cut to the chase.
(Avoid cliché.  Can you define “cut to the chase” another way?  Send it to me.) 

There must be tension on every page or at least every page and a half; tension can be small but it has to be.

To created conflict, posit one character who wants something against an opposing character who wants something different.  One wins and the other loses.

Ta, ta!  You have an engaging story.