To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, get to know their positive and negative traits, as well as any significant emotional wounds that might be motivating them. Then you can explore the various kinds of conflict that could block them as they move toward their goal.
There are a limitless number of things people can be afraid of: spiders, the dark, rejection, intimacy, etc. And while some of these can be minor, any of them can develop into a debilitating fear—one that impacts a character on a daily basis, crippling them and keeping them from being able to live life to the fullest. This entry will focus on these major phobias and fears, such as the ones listed below.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Intimacy Vulnerability Sex Trusting others Failure Letting loved ones down Leaving one's home Crowds Losing a loved one Rejection Abandonment Betrayal Not being in control Responsibility Being alone Certain kinds of people (those who have a specific physical characters, people in authority or positions of power, people of a certain race, religion, gender, etc.) Death Victimization Specific phobias (birds, germs, clowns, public speaking, small spaces, flying, dentists, dogs, etc.)
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.
Self-Actualization: Everyone has dreams and goals. When a character realizes that a fear is keeping them from doing or being who they truly want, they could become motivated to deal with it. Esteem and Recognition: Most people don't want to be afraid. Each time fear holds them back, they feel badly about themselves, doubting their ability to succeed in other areas. When a person's self-esteem becomes so strongly affected, they may be driven to face their fear. Love and Belonging: A person's fears can keep them from having meaningful and deep relationships with others. Their need to connect may become a driving factor toward overcoming that fear. Safety and Security: If the fear is crippling enough to impact the character's safety (or the safety of loved ones), they may choose to pursue this goal. Physiological Needs: In severe cases, the character's very life may be threatened by their fears. This could drive them toward overcoming them.
HOW THE CHARACTER MAY PREPARE FOR THIS GOAL:
POSSIBLE SACRIFICES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GOAL:
ROADBLOCKS WHICH COULD PREVENT THIS GOAL FROM BEING ACHIEVED:
TALENTS & SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THE CHARACTER ACHIEVE THIS GOAL: