And I think some of the more brilliant timelines on here like Male Rising, With the Crescent Above Us, Minarets of Atlantis, A House of Lamps, and such... have influenced me to take more attention towards people, and how they lie and react behind/towards every event and movement. I mean, I might be the only person in the world who writes Kaiser Wilhelm II getting deeply unsettled by homophobic hysteria that is consuming the army and his family and friends! Who wouldn't if they were faced with something like that? The effects of that hysteria influenced events both far and near, and the ripples are still making events this far into the world. People are so much more than the stories and events that often frame them, and how they live in a world like this - is, in my opinion, far more worth writing about.
I was specifically thinking of that little subplot, as it happens!