into your writing.
Things had been getting a bit drab, stilted.
Not so much after digging up my July-August 2013 Poets & Writers article, The Art of Conflict, by Dan Barden. [Sorry, link only provides a summary of the issue.]
A few noteworthy points:
“Your characters should more or less always be having a bad day.”
“Conflict is what creates growth. Conflict is what creates character.”
“The other thing I can tell you about conflict: No matter how extreme it gets, people will identify with it.”
So in this season of love and peace and goodwill, go out there and wreak a little literary havoc!