Canda and I were sending out a novella to beta readers and one comment came back that suggests we really throw ourselves into the characters point of view. What would they really be doing in this scene or that one? How would it look? What would they think or say?
While this sounds SUPER obvious, we clearly didn't do it enough because the beta reader was spot on when we went back and reread the scene. Our main character was heartbroken and it read more like she was slightly inconvenienced. OOPS! Once we rewrote it, there was solid emotion and you could anguish along with her. Sad readers because of sad characters? Perfect.
Once we stepped out of author mode and looked at the situation as the character we could better connect the reader to the story. Which, after all, is kinda the point.
How do you remember to write with your Character's Hat on?