Without tension, life will be a breeze. It could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how much stress you need to be excited with life. With novels and other fictional work, though, tension is the lifeblood. Without it, your story can end up downright sleepy.
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When writing nonfiction, it’s not uncommon to spend a lot of time on research and a small fraction of that time writing the actual piece. That’s because nonfiction rests, in a lot of ways, on the kind of data you dig up. As such, the habit of obsessively chasing after more accurate information often works very well in your favor.
While you put all of your characters’ conversations in between quotes, it doesn’t necessarily make all of them a dialogue. In fact, I’ll bet that most of the conversations going on in your work are just that – people talking.