In The Attic Outlines Three Key Tips Needed for Every Story
Raise The Stakes
You've finally fleshed out and written your first character hurdle and incorporated the struggle into your plot arc, but something is invariably missing . . .
When this happens, be cruel to your fantasy friends. Raise the Stakes. Find that darkness. Place your characters in a position you yourself would dread. Force them to survive.
Creating a conflict goes hand in hand with the book's story arcs.
Conflict makes your characters relatable. Your protagonist/antagonist needs a goal to move them forward, and without the conflict to stand in their way, there's no connection with the reader's own memories. Conflict dramatizes ambition and the character's personality, and places the characters and plot into a familiar world.
Make your characters suffer, people!