Creating conflict in a novel helps to create drama.
If something merely flows, like a river without obstacles, no canyons would be created. We would have a one-dimensional landscape.
Boring, flat, uninspiring.
Bringing drama through words and actions means that a writer can channel all manner of situations and arguments into her writing. It can be quite therapeutic, I suppose, to put into words thoughts one has not dared utter. Channeling the dark recesses of the mind to release an inner demon and letting it out into the light and onto the page can be frightening, especially if one is afraid of conflict.
A writer can put into words things that people may never do.
Ideas, situations, characters: these all spring from somewhere, some place where we often don’t want to go. But as they say, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” No matter how far out you think you are, know that there is someone out there who either experienced those things, or someone who is doing those things. Witness serial killers, mass murderers and demonically possessed people: they are everywhere. So if you are sane, sitting at your computer, and thoughts and ideas buzz around in your mind about the actions, words, thoughts and demeanor of a character, know that it is not unique. You, the writer, are not evil. You are merely channelling the pervasive and ubiquitous dark thoughts of humanity.
So, do you want to read a novel like this?
Or do you want to read a novel like this:
Go there, find that drama. Create that conflict. Bring out the knives, the craziness you have been hiding so successfully all this time.
Put it into writing, CREATE!
Word of caution. Please reboot your mind before cooking dinner and bathing the kids!!!