Have I ever mentioned that writing is a challenge? Okay, perhaps not for everyone. Writing is a challenge for me. It’s an intricate dance. One false move, and…splat. You’ve slammed into a wall.
I am a member of the local chapter of Romance Writers of America. Our chapter meetings are the first Saturday of the month. We have had some outstanding speakers. Patty Berg spoke to the chapter this May.
Ms. Berg spoke about character motivation. What could she have said that I haven’t already heard before? I’ve completed several novels. I’m not a novice, exactly.
While I have completed manuscripts, had “good rejections,” and grown as a writer, there are things that don’t hurt hearing again.
When it comes to character motivation, Ms. Berg’s message was to dig deeper. Keep asking why.
In my current WIP I have a relationship shy hero. Why? Why is he really hesitant to get into a serious relationship?
What happened to create this barrier he erected?
After you answer that question, tell me why?
After you answer the why, I have another question. Why?
Guess what? Ask yourself another why question.
I don’t know how many times you’ll need to do this to get the the core problem.
Give it a try with your current WIP and see where it takes you.
You don’t stop with your first answer; you need to go deeper, and still deeper, until you actually get to the heart of your character.