Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Pile on frustrations for your characters; see what they’re made of. Give characters reasons to act up and act out.
Show characters as they are, revealing their fears and motivations and dreams. Keep characters open and honest before the reader so that the reader understands character motivation and emotions.
Conflict moves a story forward, keeping both characters and readers involved. Consider the ultimate conflict—betrayal by a friend—as a way to amp up the conflict in your fiction.
Suggestions for ways to use character names in fiction, especially at the beginning of stories when readers are just meeting the characters.
Excessive and unnecessary explanations can weaken the dramatic and emotional impact of sentences. Learn why explanations are often unnecessary and annoying.
Rid your stories of characters who just happen to always show up at the right place at the right time to discover secrets that they always understand.
Taking lessons, the positive and the negative, from movies and TV.
Fill in your fictional landscape so characters don’t seem to be living in a vacuum, alone and oblivious to the people and objects surrounding them.
Tips for putting characters into motion with habits and physical movement without disrupting the main action of a story.
Push characters to their breaking points and beyond. Don’t hold back but challenge your characters beyond what they thought they could do. Push them beyond what you thought they could do.