Character Motivation Entry: Righting A Deep Wrong

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Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also enjoys dreaming up new tools and resources for One Stop For Writers, a library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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7 Responses to Character Motivation Entry: Righting A Deep Wrong

  1. John David Pepper says:

    This is already giving me ideas. I believe I can pick and choose the ideas that will best work for a character I’m considering. But I’d still like to hear the experts’ opinion – which of these would you say fits a character seeking revenge?

    Revenge counts as righting a deep wrong, just towards oneself. Or can that be counted as something else in terms of a motivation?

    • There’s not enough information here for me to really weigh in. The big questions is why does your character want revenge? What need does it satisfy, or is it only a scapegoat for something else: for feeling one has personally failed, is it a way to not deal with the pain of the event, or something else?

      My feeling is revenge is more about something your character doesn’t want to face (responsibility, mistakes made, or the pain of loss, etc.). Justice is something different. So decide which is driving your hero to act. 🙂

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  3. Much food for thought here to create deep characters with realistic problems and situations. Thanks so much for laying it out to consider all the possibilities. Thank you so much for all the wonderful help you offer writers. All the best, ladies!

  4. :Donna says:

    Without question, this is at the root of my writing—injustice. Great stuff, as always, ladies. Thank you 😀

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