7 Tips for Writing Story Characters

• What are your characters’ motivations? 
• Do your characters’ actions arise from their needs? 
• Downgrade your minor characters 
• Don’t underserve a character in story
• Avoid temptation to create author surrogate
• Don’t let characters chew the furniture
• Give your characters room to breathe
• BONUS: “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”