If you only get one thing right with your writing, make it this… BE AUTHENTIC
Being authentic means being true to how a story would unfold, how a character would behave. It doesn’t mean what you say has to have happened, it does mean that the reader has to believe it could happen.
The attractive character is the honest character. She is the character in whom we see the keenest desires, the most poignant failures, and the most cherished hopes.