This week's tip will help you out if you are about to write a narrative for the STAAR or EOC in English I in Texas, or if you are just interested in writing fiction.
Stephen King had this to say in his memoir On Writing.
One key to strong fiction is having honest, authentic characters. The people in your stories should all have flaws -- as well as strengths. You want your reader to feel that your characters are human beings so that your reader will connect to them on an emotional level. It is that connection that will pull your readers along with you.