Here's a question that has genuinely be causing me all manner of grief recently, any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated. So, you've got a novel underway and there's all manner of hell, tragedy and mayhem planned for it a little later on but, you've got to put the time into the characters so that your reader is going it give a damn when something bad happens and makes it all go wrong. How much time do you need to dedicate to the minor, every-day events and goings ons before you roughly get a feel for them? And is there a way to avoid the "oh fancy meeting you here in this completely boring landscape so that we can talk and become friends slowly and painfully" slog that is character development. Sorry if this makes no sense at all. Lunch has made my head spin. I've a series of events planned so classic 'team building' sorts of occurences and I know that bad times will naturally cause people to band together. But I want the relationship building bit over and done with as quick as possible and with the most effective results. I know I'm asking the world So I put it too you, how much time to you need to dedicate to relationship building both internally with the characters and externally with your reader?