Character motivation is an important one.
Without your character having something that is motivating them, something that is heavy on their mind which may then spur them towards acting in a certain way, then you may as well leave them out of your story. A good tale does not need passengers.
But, what kind of things can drive your character forward or be a topic they are focused on?
Below, you find a list of possibilities for you to consider when writing…
|Achieve perfection||Failure||Past trauma|
|Avoiding pain||Finding a purpose||Power|
|Be acknowledged||Finding adventure||Pride|
|Be bad||Finding what was lost||Protecting others|
|Be good||Fitting in||Prove others wrong|
|Be normal||Fortune||Prove themselves|
|Be someone else||Getting somewhere||Regret|
|Beauty||Greed||Repaying a debt|
|Cheat death||Happiness||Rising above others|
|Denial||Illness||Save the world|
|Destruction||Justice||Sense of responsibility|
|Escaping||Not to be lonely||Survival|
|Facing a fear||Obedience||Thrill|
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