Category Archives: Character Motivations

How to Motivate Your Main Character

You know, my partner Chris Huntley oft has said that the best way to rob a main character of motivation is to give him what he wants.  If you fill his need, he has no reason to go off and … Continue reading

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Your Characters’ Personal Goals

Although a personal goal for each character is not absolutely essential, at some point your readers or audience is going to wonder what is driving each character to brave the trials and obstacles. If you haven’t supplied a believable motivation, … Continue reading

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What Drives a Main Character?

A story begins when the Main Character is stuck up in the highest level of justification. Nobody gets there because they are stupid or mean. They get there because their unique life experience has brought them repeated exposures to what … Continue reading

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Give each character a personal goal

Personal Goals are the motivating reasons your characters care about and/or participate in the effort to achieve or prevent the overall goal. In other words, they see the main story goal as a means to an end, not as an … Continue reading

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Characters’ Personal Goals

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 41 Characters’ Personal Goals Personal Goals are the motivating reasons your characters care about and/or participate in the effort to achieve or prevent the overall goal.  In other … Continue reading

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Character Justification

Justification is the process of changing context to change meaning.  We see a clear example of this when a child comes up with an excuse for some small transgression, or even when someone says, “he made me do it.” Justification … Continue reading

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Character Justifications

At the moment we act in response to a problem, each of us sees our approach as justifiable. If we later regret our actions or are called to task, we all have reasons why we should not be blamed or … Continue reading

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