26 comments on “Making Motivation Matter

  1. This is good stuff, right here! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! This immediately made me think of the last winter Olympics and the female figure skaters. In the top 3 skaters, one was from Japan and one from China (I think and hope my facts aren’t incorrect). Anyway, the media let out that if either of these women did not make the gold, they’d basically be ostracized from their societies. No more hero worship, no more perks – they’d be out on the street. Now that’s motivation. And harsh.

  2. Sounds like a great conference. Thanks for sharing this amazing exercise. How many characters did she recommend doing this for? Just the protagonist? Antagonist? All major characters?

  3. This is really fabulous! I love how deeply you explain the importance of delving deep into the character’s motivation, and think I’ll try applying this to the main characters in my WIP. I also appreciate your suggestion that a work is easier to write if one takes the time to work out motivation questions before beginning to write. It’s the second time I’ve heard that advice recently. Thanks for taking the time to share this!

  4. excellent exercise! thanks for sharing it! yes, work, work, and more work, to plot, plan and place characters, so important, great insight, :)

  5. I find it uncomfortable when you have written a story in its “truth” (not factual, but just how it came out of you), and then I have to go back and add layers to it. But I have to I guess because most of the time my stories spill out like a fable – with a beginning and end but without the wow! required to be a great story. I know I have to do it and the stories do get better, but I feel like I’m faking it. Does that make sense?

    • Yeah –I know what you mean. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all spill out a perfectly structured story on the first go? But creativity doesn’t seem to work that way, at least for me. I’m hoping it comes more naturally at some point in the future…when I’m an old, gray, crazy novelist.

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