This is a very brief summary of Bob Mayer's session on 'Writing your story in 3 dimensions: Characterisation.'
I stress brief because Bob provided copious helpful notes and I'm picking out a few main points I jotted down too.
-Everyone has a core motivation. Victor Frankl called this the 'One Thing'.
When a character reaches a moment of crisis, we discover their 'one thing'.
-Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:
-What do you want?
-What do you really want?
-What do you need?
-Don't pitch plot, pitch character.
-Give the character an anomaly.
-In your first scene, what your character is doing sets your character.
-In your last scene, we need to see character doing something emotional they weren't capable of at the start. This demonstrates arc growth.