One of the most common problems I see from beginning writers is that they either have too much description, which drags on for paragraphs or even pages, or they have too little, and I’m left to experience a story about characters in empty space. Finding that middle ground between too much and too little is vital for establishing a vivid sense of place. Just like everything else in writing, it’s an acquired skill.
Conflict is the life blood of a story. It’s not something you can will onto the page; it’s a byproduct of meticulous planning, of adding multiple ingredients together in just the right way. Conflict is what makes your reader turn the page, and the next, and the next without realizing they’ve spent three hours reading and are half way through your book. But how do you get there? How do you develop the skills to add said ingredients in just the right way?