The device of hurt/comfort has been around fandom since before the Internet, probably before zines. I think that in a lot of ways it's a dual payoff for the reader in that there's action and conflict, and then there's a platform for the characters to bond and grow closer together.Oddly enough for me, writing hurt/comfort is easy. What I really have a hard time writing is conflict for the characters, especially conflict that will hurt the characters emotionally or cause division between characters. I want things to be happy and good for the characters, and then I remind myself that if there's no conflict, there's no story.Which do you find easier to write: hurt/comfort or emotional/interpersonal conflicts? Do you have problems writing either?
I don't know. I've done angstier stuff as well as fluffy and/or comedic stuff. I just try to write what seems interesting to me and for the characters.