We all talk about creating conflict in a novel, but we must be careful not to create conflict for conflict’s sake.
Our characters should not argue over insignificant matters. They should not waste our reading time with conflict that has nothing to do with the plot. That conflict is part of your backstory and part of what happens off the page. Remember that writing fiction is not reality television – we do not want to read about every irrelevant meal or listen to coma-inducing dialogue.
So how do we get the most out of conflict in our novels?