A little bit ago, I created a thread in which I asked advice on how to make my short stories longer without making them longer (adding unnecessary scenes, words, monotony [which is never necessary], etc.) — A lot of you gave me helpful advice, which I've implemented into my writing, but, while reading The Stone War earlier today, I realized something. The captivating events, Spoiler New York coming under chaos, Jit, some form of telepath, is introduced. Tietjen returning to the city, etc., don't begin happening until a few chapters in. It goes on about the relationship he has with his wife, his work, his kids, and (most important) the city. Now, the things regarding his relationship—when I think of them—I really couldn't care less about, but the fact is: It served to develop the character (and perhaps, aside from the point, foreshadowed a bit). My characters, stories, etc. are rather well-played out. . . . . . in my mind. A lot of the things I write lack actual character development. They take place in the midsts of something already happening, or immediately before something is about to happen. When I write, I want to write about something spectacular; something captivating, moving, enlightening, or at the least riveting. I write in short, eventful and (hopefully) exciting bursts, a habit I'm to break immediately. This was just (as the title suggests) a personal thing I've realized, but, does it apply to you, as well?