This week’s tip is:
Everyone deserves a story.
When it’s the end of the day and we’re walking and driving home from work, and we’re tired and feeling cross and just wanting to eat or sit down, we tend to forget that all the people surrounding us are the prime actors in their own private stories. When we’re annoyed and just want to get somewhere, people become annoyances or obstacles; we can’t understand why someone would walk or drive too slowly or cut us off, or why that person is in the way. Similarly, in stories we’re trying to get our character where he’s going — and the side characters can become annoyances or obstacles, just cardboard cutouts that must be irritatingly shuffled around.