Not give up, write from the heart.
People will see through a fake.
Commitment will help you take
Put-downs that pierce like a dart.
You must write what you want to write to be committed to it and to help you keep going. If you try to write to what you think the market wants, you’ll fail as things change all the time and you’d never get a book out in time to capitalize on the latest trend. Having said that, you will need some idea of what’s going on out there so you can work out where your book from the heart can fit in. Where can you see your work being put on the bookshelves?
Can we identify with your characters’ plight?
Do they cave in to evil or put up a fight?
Do they have their virtues and flaws
The way we all do and do they have a just cause?
If your characters don’t seem real to you, they won’t do so to anyone else either. You’ve got to like, love, hate or feel something for your creations. How else can you write convincingly about them? Draw on your own experiences of your reactions to stressful events to be able to portray those in your fiction doing much the same thing. Without overdoing it and taking care the information isn’t given to the reader all at once, the more mundane things you get your characters doing in between the “exciting” bits will make them seem more real.