"Tell a story you care about about people you care about, and make the reader care what happens to the people in the story. Let your message come second to your story. And when you're done, have a friend who's good at spelling and grammar and things like that proof-read it for you."
It applies for us, I guess, in creating characters people will care about, and want to know what happens to them next. I suppose it's one thing creating a character that is visually interesting or, on the surface, seems to be complex - but it's more difficult creating characters we want to follow on a journey.
Totally agree with Know Thyself and Thy Hangups (although it sort of sounds like the Ally McBeal mantra), and It's about me, but never, only just about me. The key is in creating characters that either feel like you, or someone you know, I think.
Yup, let's keep to the schedule! Are there any DVDs you'd like to watch and haven't, or any DVDs to recommend and watch together?