Most of the protagonists I have created have been warriors in one form or another, because I generally gravitate towards action-packed stories with lots of fighting. However, I would really like to experiment with a protagonist who doesn't engage in a lot of physical combat for once, like perhaps a scientist or a political leader. Unfortunately I have a difficult time reconciling my love for action with my desire to write more varied protagonist types. Obviously it is possible to have conflict without violence, but for some reason I struggle with imagining forms of conflict that have a lot of tension and excitement without violence. Can anyone please help me brainstorm?