Do side quests turn you away from a novel? In and of themselves? I have been wrestling with this for months now, and I have decided to add it into my own. Basically, the MC will get into a fight with some petty thieves guild (that operates locally) and take care of them. One reason I'm adding it in is to allow for some relationship building between the MC and his partner. And really just to see what happens. The reason I'm wrestling with this is because compared to almost everything else in the story, this part seems not to weigh as heavily. Have you ever read through side quests in a great novel? If so, which ones? And what did you like about them? Have you written any side quests in your own stories?