Motivation is an important aspect of writing stories. The character wants something and goes after it. What they want will most likely be difficult to achieve, but there is another step the writer must check before they force their characters down the yellow brick road. First figure out the characters core identity.
So what is this core identity? Well it’s something they either long for or think they have control over. This could be anything like love, freedom, acceptance etc. It’s what we want most of all in life. Here is an example of Katniss’s core identity.
In the first novel of the Hunger Games series Katniss’s core identity is protecting her sister prim. She longs to protect Prim within their dystopian world, but Katniss’s core identity is threatened when Prim is chosen as the volunteer from District Twelve. DUN, DUN, DUN!!!!!! Katniss can’t protect Prim if she’s in the Hunger Games. This major inciting event forces Katniss to do something. Do I make myself clear?
To sum this up, The core identity gets attacked by the big bad inciting event. The character’s core identity is then threaten by conflict which forces the character to do something. There should also be some type of stakes, but I’ll leave that for another post. Hope what I told you makes sense. Lots of writers fail to understand what they’re doing and get stressed out. If we can figure these tips out together we will be writing in no time. Take that stress!