Posted on 07/23/2021 at 10:43 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Just as understanding what motivates you can positively influence your own behavior, so too can understanding a character’s motivations benefit your writing.

Dave Chesson says that complaints about flat characters can often be attributed to insufficient (or missing) motivation.

He further explains that motivation isn’t the same as a goal — which goal(s) a character sets will be determined by what motivates him or her.

Chesson describes several types of motivations and how to show characters’ motivations in a post on his Kindlepreneur blog.

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