CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

PURSUING KNOWLEDGE



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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.
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Driven by curiosity and the need to know, some people just have a thirst for knowledge. From a story standpoint, while the character may start out pursuing knowledge in the general sense, their search will likely be narrowed down to a specific area at some point during their journey. This focused motivation will let the reader know exactly what the character's after and if they're successful.

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: This is the most common motivation for pursuing knowledge—the sense of fulfillment that comes from knowing more. If this is the kind of person your character is, it will be the driving force behind their desire to learn.
Esteem and Recognition: Some characters are driven by the need to be more respected by others. A character who lacks esteem may seek to gain it by attaining knowledge that others don't have.
Love and Belonging: A religious character may be driven to learn and know more about a higher power if they seek connectedness to that being.

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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