One of the things I learned in New Orleans is how our characters drive our stories. How the character's arc corresponds with the story arc. It took me a bit to grasp but when I did...WOW!!!
Here's the thing, if we don't know our characters, what drives them, why they do the things they do, we can't tell their story properly.
Now, the novel I took to New Orleans to work on is more plot than character driven however, I still have a lot of character issues that add depth to the story when properly revealed.
So, today my challenge for you is to get to know your MC. What is his/her greatest fear? What event caused that fear? How can you use that fear to deepen your story?
Today, I'm working on my fantasy novel which is definitely more character driven. What I've realized is I don't know her very well. So, I'm going to be delving into her childhood, her fears and asking questions she may not like to answer.:-)