Write about people you enjoy spending time with

This isn't the same as writing about people you like. You can really hate some of your characters, but still enjoy spending time with them, simply because what they do is so interesting. You don't use the same criteria for picking story characters that you do for picking friends. But if, every time one of your main characters walks onto the page, your first thought is, "Oh, God - that old bore," it's time to rethink your cast list. Kill him, improve him . . . or just erase him.

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