Last week, I talked about how the characters make a story–how, even if a book doesn’t fall within a genre you normally read, you can find yourself enjoying it anyway if the characters are great. But, if the characters make a story, what makes the characters? Here’s a hint: it’s the same thing that moves the story forward, sets the stakes, and weaves the emotional tone. It’s the thing that leads the characters from point A to point B, and eventually, to a satisfying conclusion.
What motivates your characters? That is, what pushes them through the events of the story? Do they want to save someone, save themselves, or save the world? Do they seek something to make their lives complete, or are they trying to be a different, better person? Your character’s motivations not only make them who they are, they make the story what it…
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