Below are samples of the entries in our popular Character Motivation thesaurus. For the complete and enhanced list, please visit One Stop For Writers, where it has a permanent place within our vast Descriptive Thesaurus Collection. You can access it and our other thesauruses with a click of a button as you write.
Successful stories require many things, but one of the most important is a clear overall goal for your character. Readers should know relatively early in the story what that goal is going to be. For authors to convey this adequately, 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 that fit your character and make sense for your story. Once you’ve settled on the right one, the corresponding entry offers information specific to that goal, so you can write it realistically for your audience.