Below are samples of the entries in our popular Character Motivation Thesaurus.
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Successful stories require many things, but one of the most important is a clear goal for your character.
Readers should know relatively early in the story what that goal is going to be. For authors to convey this, they need to have a clear understanding of what the character wants (outer motivation), and why he/she wants it (inner motivation). This thesaurus can help you brainstorm possible outer motivations for your character and show you what might factor into the story for each.