Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. Give us conflict. Hum-drum, everyday life we already got.
Put your hero in conflict. Pour on her troubles. When you’ve given her a terrible internal problem and a scary external problem, let a bear start chasing her through a swamp.
That’s the advice. If only I could follow it. As I work to develop a character, he or she begins to intrigue me. Why would I want to give this interesting person a lot of trouble?