Friends, family, allies can all cause conflict because of opposing goals.
As writers, we can mine this conflict in our stories.
Why do we constantly look for sources of conflict? To cause trouble for our main characters.
Do family members, true friends and coworkers want good things for us? Well, They don't want to stab us in the back. BUT, sometimes good intentions
Brothers and sisters can have OPPOSING
GOALS than our characters. Friends can create fireworks when they block
our MC from getting what he/she wants.
What if they
want the same thing? SHARED GOALS can cause conflict, too. Working
together towards a shared goal can cause competition in how to
ENVY makes allies into frenemies. This creates TENSION, which is key to any scene.
about inserting WEAK MOMENTS into the scenes? Everyone has them, so
writers can use the emotion behind these times to ensure tension. For
example, how many of us have cancelled plans with friends when a better
opportunity comes along? These poor decisions can create huge
complications down the road.
So, using friends and family for conflict can really add to our plots.