Even those with a black thumb (like myself) we know those with a green thumb spend their days picking weeds so their favorite flowers bloom every year.
The same goes for novels. We have to spend our days cleaning up punctuation, grammar, and plot to make sure their the best novel they can be.
We want to be proud of our work. Those green thumbs are looking for yard of the month as us writers are looking for a place to call home.
Every one of us has certain problem areas that, no matter how hard we try, it still seems to catch up with us. I work hard on character development but sometimes they still come out as cardboard cut-outs.
Flat characters is something I'm working on and improving. Every time I write they get deeper. For me, outlining is the key. Reading my old stories shows how far I've actually grown.
I now, to help myself, do pages and pages of character development. Half my journals are intricate details about them. From foods they're allergic to, all the way to why they like on polka-dot socks! Every thing may not benefit the reader but it helps me connect on a deeper level.
Watch out flat characters, you won't survive a day in jenland.
What are the weeds you pick out the most?