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Inner Motives Lead to Conflicts of Characters

“Inner Motives Lead to Conflicts of Characters”  by Joan Y. Edwards

Show the inner motives of why your character might  do things in your stories. What drives them to do what they do? What drives them to think as they think? What drives them to believe as they believe?

The motivations listed below are  ones that all human beings experience as outlined in the book The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin.

They might be motivated to do things because their goal is:
Separation-different-special-time alone

They might be motivated to do things because their fear is:
Slave/No Control/Out of control/Confusion/Disorder

What they are afraid of will come to meet them. This is the conflict.
What they definitely don’t want…what they keep saying over and over again…no I don’t want that.  It’ll come. This is the conflict.
If they are negative, they’ll receive negative. This is the conflict
If they are positive, they’ll receive positive.  Finding their way out of these circumstances is their challenge.

Until they have an “ah hah” moment and change their way of thinking about it, their beliefs about it, they’ll continue to get the same kind of response, the same kind of outcome, the same results.

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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6 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,

    Thanks for reminding us to show inner conflicts in the characters we create. At the same time, we have to create characters who are likeable too. Hopefully, our characters will find a way out of some of their messes and readers will root for them along the way.

    Keep writing!
    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for stopping by. You’re welcome for the reminder to show inner conflicts in the characters you create. You’re right, sometimes it gets tricky making them likeable, too. Enjoy your day!

      Enjoy Life’s Journey Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Good timing on this blog–it’s the subject of my next class at CPCC next week. Just added it to the class wiki. Thanks.


    • Dear Carol,

      I’m glad you liked it. I am honored that you added it to your class wiki. You’re very welcome. Did you check out my crossword puzzle blog? I’m sure you’ll find it has an author you’re very familiar with in it.

      Enjoy Life’s Journey

      Don’t Give Up – Read my blog – http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

      Joan Y. Edwards


  3. just wanted you to know that I saved this post (and several others) on a wiki I used several years ago to teach writing. Teaching another class this fall and thankful for this as well as other resources for my teens!


    • Dear Carol,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for putting this post and several others on your wiki to teach a writing course. I’m glad they helped you!

      Never Give Up


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