On one hand, writing about conflicting values is easy:
- Think of an object or experience your character might want.
- Think of what they could risk, lose, sacrifice, or miss out on if they got what they wanted.
- Then imagine them also wanting that thing you noticed they might lose.
Voila! You have a dilemma.
However, when you are writing, make sure you don't accidentally focus on the external elements of the choice and forget to capture the character's internal struggle.
Tip: If you're stuck, try a 'but also' pattern, as in, "They wanted this... but also that..."