Do you know the real reasons why your characters do what they do? You should.
Without a rock-solid motivation, your characters risk coming across as boring and flat. But if you can give your characters intriguing motivations, you can write a story that truly resonates with readers. That’s because motivation is the engine that powers character-driven stories.
Plus, it’s fun and easy to figure out what makes a character tick. In this two-part article, I’ll show you how.
If you’ve read any of my other columns here on Fiction University, you know that I’m a big believer in acronyms. An acronym not only breaks down complicated concepts clearly and simply, it also helps you remember. The acronym I use for the most common motivations – and here you can imagine the knights of the round table questing after the Holy Grail, if you like – is GRAILS:
- G is for Greed
- R is for Revenge
- A is for Acceptance
- I is for Identity
- L is for Love
- S is for Survival
You can tap into these powerful motivations to enhance your story. Here’s how.
A chilling cohort of soul-devouring wraiths has risen from the netherworld to crack open the final seal of the apocalypse scroll and bring the world to a fiery end.
To keep the scroll out of their clutches, Dru must solve a 2,000-year-old magical mystery, find a city lost in the netherworld, and unearth a crystal older than the Earth itself.
Can she elude the forces of darkness long enough to save her friends and safeguard the scroll forever—before the undead break the seventh seal and bring on doomsday?
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A wicked enchantress has stolen an amulet that will destroy the world in 24 hours. Unless Dru and her sorcerer friends can get it back, the seas will boil, the stars will fall from the sky, and the earth itself will split apart. Overall, bad news.
To make things worse, Dru’s half-demon boyfriend Greyson and his demon-possessed muscle car, Hellbringer, are hiding a dark secret. Can she trust them?
As the clock runs out, Dru is locked in a high-octane chase with a pack of killer shape-shifters, the grim mystery of a radioactive ghost town, and the most powerful speed demon on Earth.
Can Dru unravel Hellbringer’s secrets, outwit the shape-shifters, and find the amulet before the dawn of doomsday?
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Scary. Freakin’. Fish. That is all. Move along.
Some names stick with us.
Bridget Jones, Holden Caulfield, Nero Wolfe — these names are all indelibly stamped into our literary consciousness.
Those names are evocative. Memorable. Unique.
Some writers are incredibly good at coming up with names.
I am not one of them.
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It’s pronounced SAY-TAHN. Yeah, it is.
I recently discovered, much to my dismay, that I had eaten Satan for dinner.
This is a true story. Allow me to explain.
In the midst of a snowstorm, my wife and I decided to try a new restaurant.
We ended up at a brightly lit, very mod, hipster-friendly place that put an emphasis on fresh food.
Hey, I’m cool. I love fresh food.
But what landed on my table bore no resemblance, by any stretch of imagination, to the gyro I had ordered. Continue reading