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Internal conflicts take place within the main character's mind. When faced with a dilemma, for example, which choice should he/she make? Whatever the conflict is in the story, the main character will have to make some kind of decision or choice. Those are internal conflicts.
External conflicts take place between
**the main character and another character,
**the main character and something in nature (such as a storm or other natural occurrence), and/or
**the main character and some other force.
Look for ideas in the main character's mind with which she "fights" - she may want one thing, but she tells herself that she cannot have it for one reason or another. Those kinds of "fights" are internal, within herself.
An external conflict could be regarding her moves to different foster homes and eventually to her grandmother's. In those moves, what does she "fight" against?
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