Go people watching at the mall. Get daring and strike up a conversation with a random stranger (doesn't have to be a long one) talking about anything! And, of course, talk to your friends. The more you talk/listen/observe, the easier it gets to create realistic human interactions within your writing; and the more you learn how your fellow humans operate (from a technical and logistical point of view) the stronger your stories will become. If you want to write realism then draw upon what reality offers you and if what you want to write the opposite, then use what you've learned as a 'what not to do' reference guide. The best way to break a rule is to master it and the best way to write what a thing 'is', is to describe what it 'is not.' People are your greatest resource and, at the risk of sounding unprincipled, I implore you to use them. This is not meant to be an exercise in investigative reporting or slander; this is meant to further your awareness of the little things that we tend to take for granted.
Amanda LaFantasie (Skoora) © 2012