I love you, Friday!! Hallelujah! Hoping all of you have a wonderful weekend. Got some crazy weather going on lately over here on the east coast. Just when you think Spring has sprung, it rains for 24 hours and turns cold. Fine with me, since I've not been motivated to rake all those crunchy brown leaves presently carpeting my yard. Speaking of motivation ...
I've got five activities for you:
1. Describe your MC's primary motivation in one word
2. Describe your MC's goal in one sentence
3. Describe your antagonist's motivation in one word
4. Describe your antagonist's goal in one sentence
5. Describe your MC's blind spot in one sentence
This takes some genuine thought. You may be quick to answer, which is fine. Go ahead and answer them. But then really think about it for awhile, and you may find your answers will change. Mine did. I had to dig deep. Got out the shovel and everything.
Motivation is an important factor because it's what drives the character toward his/her goal. Motivations come in layers that are peeled away as the story escalates in conflict, and the character is under more pressure. These layers are all present at the beginning of the story, but the character is not aware of them. There is a surface motivation driving them, but this motivation will shift as the layers are peeled away.
It boils down to the basics:
* What does the MC want?
* What does the MC really want?
* What does the MC really need?
The reader must believe what the character believes: that all will be lost if they don't achieve their goal. Motivation is the most important factor to consider when having your MC make choices. Once you have a feel for your character's motivation and they come alive, you lose a certain control over your story. (I love it when this happens.)
* Motivation comes from a concrete goal
* Make the goals clear, so the reader can see if the MC reaches his goal
* Don't confuse their motivation with the goal
I'll have more on character development next time. Again, these are from the workshop I'm doing with Bob Mayer, which you can find here. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It gives me warm fuzzies all day long. :)