Want a better plot? Give your character motivation
This writing tip is from Maria Lioutaia.
"I'm going to steal one from Kurt Vonnegut: 'Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.' The friction between character desire is, in essence, plot. Even secondary characters are motivated by something and the friction between these wants is what drives a story forward. Character is destiny, character is plot."
Maria Lioutaia was born in Moscow, lived for two decades in Toronto and is now based in New York, where she's completing her MFA in creative writing at NYU. Her last name means "fierce" in Russian. She has made the CBC Short Story Prize longlist three times.