I suppose I should thank navicat
) and frigg
for collectively plunging me into a world of despair. While "thanking" may seem an odd response, it's perfectly valid because the nasty dip has allowed me to see a problem I have in TTD and will hopefully keep me from repeating the same in WW. That is IF it's a problem.
I don't know if my head is clear and my heart disengaged enough to judge.
The other day, navicat
was pushing me to cobble together a query letter for TTD so she could kindly take those cobbles and pelt me mercilessly with them. Being a masochist, I naturally obeyed; and while flailing around on the threshold of despair, I pleaded with frigg
to give me a hand, some insight, a swift kick in the rear, anything
to unblock the block. Together we decided I needed to get off the pc, take up pen and paper, and map out the conflict, so I could play those things off one another in the query.
Which led to the revelation in all its horrid glory... ( Two small diagrams and one ramble lurk here )
 These two articles, Crisis vs Conflict by Dennis G. Jerz
and How to Write Conflict by Elizabeth Richards
, which address conflict vs crisis, seem to say that maybe I'm doing ok. I did say "maybe."
(articles in a nutshell: crisis = circumstancial event/action; conflict = decisions/struggles that a character makes, often based on the crisis. Richards reiterates that conflict happens inside a character, while Jerz stresses that conflict encompasses introspection, exploration of values, examination of choices...)
 However, if you critted TTD and feel up to commenting, I'd be interested to know if, while reading, you kept asking yourself, "Where's the conflict?" See? Still not the same thing as asking for reassurance.ETA:
Sorry if the formatting is still wonky; tried to fix it to no avail. I give up.