It’s not hard to write your characters into a complacent scene, for some. For others, there’s hardly a moment where their character is sitting still and something is going right.
Sit down and look at what you’re doing. What is the chapter or story you’ve been writing mostly comprised of? Is it a lot of point a to point b without much in between? Is there deep, long thoughts about what’s going on and not a lot of action, or is it the other way around, where you have too much action and not enough dialogue or thoughts?
Add more of what you see missing. Have the character drop their drink, trip over themselves, say the wrong word, or, on the flip side, give them something to reflect on, find a calm time for them to get lost in their thoughts.
Break through, be a little more, or a little less, daring.
-The Novice Wordsmith