How big a role does the consideration of these things play in writing stories, whether short stories or longer pieces, i.e. novel(la)s? I feel like it plays a much larger role even in mediocre books, than I perhaps ever give credit for. I also feel like that's a big reason for why my writing tends to fall off a cliff in short order, before the entire spectrum of a particular idea really takes off. It's as if I've run into a wall with the way some of the things I write are worded. Any thoughts?