Quick Tip: What are your characters’ motivations?

One of the major problems with early drafts of stories is that the characters’ motivations haven’t yet been fully worked out. Can you identify you characters’ goals and the reasons they want to attain them? Did your characters’ goals change from what was presented in the story’s introduction?


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.