I was thinking about this the other day and I'm not necessarily looking for advice or anything...but some of the issues I handle in my writing could easily become melodramatic. So that got me thinking about the fine line between drama and melodrama and how some issues can be labelled melodramatic in one novel, and poignant in another. What do you think makes the difference? One example I could think of was Tim Winton's "Cloudstreet". The story chronicles a series of tragedies in the lives of two families and at no point does it ever border on melodramatic. Maybe it's Winton's down to earth tone, but somehow he manages to keep the material tragic, but not melodramatic. So what do you think are some mistakes writers make that renders their stories melodramas rather than dramas?