Just a quick post linking to a great, short article on ways to give texture and depth to your story:
These are always worth bearing in mind, as it’s all too easy to get distracted by the mechanics of moving your characters from one location to the next, or how to develop and enact realistic plotting (the hardest thing about writing, for me). The single best piece of general advice I ever received was from my PhD adviser (hello, Michael!) that characters should touch things, one another; be it touching an arm in greeting, adjusting their collar against the rain, wiping a smudge away from their child’s knee with a lick of spit and their thumb…any of those small sorts of actions which ground them in the physical. We use our hands so often in daily life that we do so with hardly a thought, and so it’s easy to forget that our fingertips are another way in which we see the world.