CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

OBTAINING SHELTER FROM THE ELEMENTS



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HELPFUL TIP:

To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, take time to understand their personality and moral compass using the positive and negative trait thesauri. Also, dig into their backstory to find an unresolved emotional wound. Past trauma is disruptive and can generate unmet needs that, if strong enough, will motivate your character to chase a specific goal to satisfy this need.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Breaking into a vacant home or building
Breaking into a vehicle
Building a lean-to, tent, or structure with the materials at hand
Finding a crawlspace or stairwell to huddle up in
Entering a cave or wide crevice despite what may be inside
Sneaking onto a train or other transit vehicle if one can't afford a ticket
Holing up in a public washroom, bus shelter, or covered car park
Finding an all-night diner or fast food restaurant
Paying for a hotel or motel
Sleeping in one's car
Sneaking past guards or police to access a building or structure
Breaking into an RV at a park or storage facility
Creating a snow cave (if one is out in winter elements with no other choice)
Sleeping in the stairwell of an apartment building
Accessing a condemned building
Seeking out a church or hospital
Breaking into a closed business or empty warehouse
Accessing an unlocked shed or hiding under a porch at someone's residence
Sleeping in a bus station or transit terminal
Going door-to-door in a neighbourhood and asking to be let in
Sneaking onto a boat that is anchored and vacant

HUMAN NEED DRIVING THE GOAL (INNER MOTIVATION):
There are five basic human needs that, when missing from a character's life, could motivate them to pursue this goal. The following needs are all possibilities, but only one of them should be the primary driver for any given character. For more information on the relationship between human needs and outer motivations, please see​ this ​Character Motivation tutorial.

Safety and Security: If the weather or another force (animals, people wishing to take advantage, etc.) presents a danger, the character would seek shelter to protect themselves and loved ones.
Physiological Needs: If the character must seek shelter to survive, such as in a snowstorm, the character would do so, casting all other goals and needs aside. 

HOW THE CHARACTER MAY PREPARE FOR THIS GOAL:
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POSSIBLE SACRIFICES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GOAL:
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ROADBLOCKS WHICH COULD PREVENT THIS GOAL FROM BEING ACHIEVED:
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TALENTS & SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THE CHARACTER ACHIEVE THIS GOAL:
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WHAT'S AT STAKE IF THIS GOAL ISN'T MET?
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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