Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
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.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
Verbs power your stories. Use accurate verbs to create the motion and emotion you want your story to have. This article includes tips for choosing verbs, including use of the passive voice.
A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.
Characters need motivation to compel them to act when they otherwise wouldn’t. And writers have to supply the right motivation for the story events, the character, the genre, and the setting.
A whopping big list of questions to ask so you can get to know your characters and then manipulate them so you can create compelling fiction.
Secondary characters are vital for adding depth to stories. Few men, no matter how hard they may try, are islands unto themselves. This is true for fictional characters as well as real people. Explore the importance of secondary characters in fiction.
A character thrust into an unfamiliar world is a character off balance. Such characters should respond to the unusual in their lives. And their responses should draw them into deeper trouble.
Writers tend to highlight what a character sees while ignoring the character’s other senses. A reminder that characters should react to their worlds through all the senses.
There is more to story than a character’s thoughts. Be sure to step outside a character’s head so readers can experience a full story that includes action, dialogue, emotion, setting, and thought.