We give characters in our stories thoughts and words and a personality, but why not give them jobs too? The jobs you give your characters
Have you been staring at your blank screen and the reproachful blinking cursor? Despite having an idea bursting to become a short story or a book, you may be struggling to translate it into words?
I will skim over punctuation or grammar inconsistencies if the writer is a great storyteller. But, if someone has a grammatically and structurally perfect narrative but does not possess the skill to entertain me from the start, I’ll close the page and move on.
Without your character having something that is motivating them, something that is heavy on their mind which may then spur them towards acting in a certain way, then you may as well leave them out of your story…