Since my WIP, Illuminate, is also the thesis project for my graduate program, I don’t have as much time as I’m used to for fiddling around and rewriting stuff.
The logical response? Go absolutely crazy.
Step 1: Make Character Arcs for Everyone.
The Interwebs contain lots of great information about character arcs, so in brief: In the course of a story, characters will respond to conflict on an external and internal level, and by the conclusion characters will undergo some sort of change. This creates story arcs.
Every book has at least one major arc. I personally like Doug Tenapel’s advice to split stories into three acts, each with their own arc.
Here’s how I did it.