Well, here we are at my last blog entry for the Year 2011. I really can’t believe how fast the year has flown! It seems like only yesterday (even though it was six months ago) I decided to start this weekly writing blog. Many thanks to everyone who has read, shared, commented on, and hopefully enjoyed my entries!
This entry is about motivation. Not writer motivation, although that’s very important (see “10 Ways to Get Inspired” for more details), but character motivation.
In a well-written tale, the characters are the ones who are driving the story. Their actions and reactions to events should be natural, make sense, and push the action forward. Poor writers make this careful manipulation look obvious, forced, or irrational. Good writers make it appear seamless and reasonable. Even if a character behaves in a seemingly irrational manner, there is a solid explanation for it or circumstances that force the character to make a choice that they ordinarily would not make.