Don’t Let Your Characters Fall Into the Daily Routine Trap – by Kayla Kauffman…

on Jane Friedman site:

When writers seek to humanize and bring their characters to life, they can be tempted to fall into what I call the “daily routine trap.” Writers who fall prey to this trap typically over-explain the daily or mundane actions of their characters, usually in an attempt to move them from point A to point B in the narrative.

This trap is especially dangerous for sci-fi and fantasy writers who describe epic quests and journeys, but it can lure writers of any genre. It is easy to include mundane actions—especially eating and drinking—that feel essential to the writer but tedious and arbitrary to the reader.

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