Urban fantasy author Jocelynn Drake has a three-part series of posts about the Secrets of Writing. Excellent advice here, folks.
Write to Done offers 7 Ways to Crucify Your Content. Though aimed at bloggers, this post delivers great advice to all writers in this age of being your own editor.
IO9 on Why We Deserve Better Villains and How To Get Them. Listen up, writers, and take notes ’cause it’s your villain that pushes your protagonist, therefore your protagonist is only good if your villain is better. In particular I loved the “How Villains Lose Their Shit” part of this post. Over-explaining loses every time. It is human nature to fear the unknown. Tap into that, use it to make your villain scary, memorable.
IO9 also gives us The Rules of Quick and Dirty Worldbuilding. Ignore the part about “Worldbuilding is the art of creating an alternate universe where the rules of present-day Earth life don’t apply” because we all know that even though urban fantasy is set in present-day Earth, there’s still worldbuilding to be done.
Maya Angelou has this to say about understanding character, but I think it serves well for creating characters:
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.