CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

SURVIVING THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE



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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:
A close family member dying
A best friend passing away
The death of a beloved pet
The death of a dear family friend

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.

Esteem and Recognition: Young people are changed by wounding events just as adults are. If those changes are big enough to have impacted the character's reputation or sense of self-worth, they may seek to deal with the loss properly, thereby regaining their lost esteem.
Love and Belonging: If a character's relationships have diminished or disappeared (possibly due to their fear of loving again) the void may drive them to rectify the problem by pursuing this goal.
Safety and Security: If the person who died was a caregiver or parent, the child's new circumstances may threaten their safety. In this situation, they will need to literally survive what happened, learning to cope with not only the death itself but the resulting aftermath.

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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