6) Don’t push your characters around. At every moment, ask yourself, “What would this character do?” “What would happen next?” And be true to the answers. If your character is someone who go to bed and cry quietly after a fight, don’t have her scream and smash things instead just because your plot outline requires it. Don’t force things to happen because you want your novel to go in a specific direction. If you do, your readers will notice the difference. Hemingway said that every writer needed a b.s. detector. Make sure that yours is working overtime. So you have a rebellious character who doesn’t want to take a certain path? In this situation, you have two options. Either fire that character and rewrite your novel with a new one, or choose a different path for your novel.