I’m as guilty as anyone of forgetting that characters need
friends (in my case usually because I substitute them with a family member),
but I’d love to see more references to emotional connections to friends.
Instead of having a character run into an ex, have them run
into a friend they drifted away from and haven’t seen in years.
Have them follow a former friend on Facebook and think about
reaching about, but not being sure of their welcome.
Show characters who can’t listen to a song without thinking
of a friend they used to listen to it with all the time.
Show the pain of having an unhealthy or abusive friendship.
Have a character who would rather spend time with their best
friend than their significant other—not because they are in love with their
friend or because they aren’t in love with their significant other, but because
their best friend knows them better.
Have friends who have known each other since before they can
Have friends where, when for one their parents die, they are
adopted by the other friends’ parents.
Have friends who enable each other’s bad habits.
Have friends who encourage each other’s good habits.
Have friends where one moved away but they still talk every
Have friends who have never met in person but still talk
Have friends who only talk once a week or once a month but
still consider each other best friends.
Have friends who can communicate with a look or a gesture.
Have friends who learn another language to be able to
communicate with each other.
Have friends who help each other through hard times or life
Have friends who can argue and debate for hours but back
down instead of getting angry.
Have friends who get angry at each other but will always
defend each other and help each other.
Have friends who are respectful of each other’s different
religious or cultural beliefs.