know the characters
I really enjoyed from your website.
I write my story and I'm in the fourth chapter. And friends tell me they do not feel they know enough my characters.
It's a new world so I have to explain a lot. I try to be interesting. But they want to read more about the characters and their emotions.
How do I put more familiarity with the characters?
For some readers, plot is all important. They want an adventure, an exploration of an interesting world, physical challenges, etc.
Other readers find all that boring. What they want is to connect with a character they care about. Only when that happens will they care about the plot -- because the main character cares about what's happening.
So when you write, don't just describe the story world. Describe it through the eyes of your main character. Include the character's attitude and feelings towards everything that happens.
It also helps to give your main character an inner conflict. Who is he/she at the start of the story? What emotional wounds drive him/her? How are these attitudes challenged by someone else?
The inner conflict creates a personal tension in which the reader wonders whether the main character will change her attitude or approach. They keep reading to find out whether the character will end up happier, wiser, etc.
You'll know you're on the right track when you notice you're feeling a strong emotional attachment or involvement with your character.
Best of luck.