CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

SAVING THE WORLD



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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:
From a natural disaster, such as a supernova, climate shift, or superstorm
From an unnatural threat (aliens, zombies, demons, etc.)
From a power-hungry dictator, country, or other armed force
From a plague
From an extinction-causing event, such as worldwide female infertility or the death of all children
From a mutation of natural predators or a shift in their population numbers that put humans at risk

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.

Physiological Needs: Survival is our most basic and primal instinct. When one's life, and the lives of loved ones, are on the line, a character will be driven to great lengths to save them.

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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