I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m going to mention it again: I love character-driven stories. Stories where the action and plot are determined by the characters; their motivations and hang-ups. In order to write stories like that, it’s important to make sure you’re writing character motivations well.
Fortunately, the lovely folks over at Now Novel have some advice for that:
1: Give each character their own contrasting motivation
2: Use character motivations founded on rational and irrational beliefs
3: Decide how aware your characters will be of their own motivations
4: Let characters’ drives develop as new plot events occur
5: Don’t give characters what they want too easily
6: Try to be subtle in revealing what drives your characters
7. Make motivations complex to increase readers’ interest
Each one of these points is expanded upon in the full post, so head on over and take a look if you’re interested.