Use this coming weekend to get to know your characters just that little bit better.
1. Create a detailed backstory for each of your main characters
You don’t have to tell readers the entire backstory—in fact it’s best if you only reveal the minimum needed to carry the story along—but you need to know it.
2. Be mean to your characters in order to create change
I know it’s hard to create wonderful characters that are real to you and then make horrible things happen to them, but you have to. The struggle against odds, against the bad guy, against injustice, and so on, that’s what makes us root for a character, it’s what makes us want to see what happens in the end.
3. Show who your characters are through action
How characters react to the challenges you present them with, how they reach their goals, that tells a great deal about a character. But you all know this. If a person tells you one thing and does another, which are you going to believe?
4. Learn from what you like
Choose your favorite book, or books, put on your editor’s hat, and study how the author made you care about her characters. Perhaps you love them, perhaps you hate them, study how they shaped their characters to be what they wanted.
All these points from Karen Woodward are great, and will be an excellent jumping off point for your weekend writing.