I've recently started a fantasy novel loosely based on JFK and Richard Nixon, and I have trouble with a certain scene. One of the earlier plotlines, that should be sort of introduced and resolved within about 5 seconds, is the problem of a character convincing his son to become an emperor. One of my characters is a duke who believes his 12 year old son should be the next emperor. He wants him to dedicate himself to studying the relevant subjects for the next 2 years and then try to get to the top of the empire. The son refuses because he'd rather learn and document the history of the empire, than to make history himself. In the story, the son is eventually convinced, goes for it, becomes the emperor, and that's when the "meat" of the book truly begins. I have trouble with the dialogue between the father and son. Even though I can draw from my own life and interactions with one of my parents, I don't really know how to stir the conversation. How can the duke convince his history-loving son, a radical opposer to becoming an emperor, that he should start making the proper arrangements and become an emperor? I have a couple of ideas, but I'd love to hear yours. The fate of the planet depends on it.