WARNING: This post contains plot spoilers from the movie Frozen.
start with two questions.
motivates your characters to act?
all (or most) of your characters (not just the primary ones) have desires that
can be motivated by self-preservation, affection, a shared past history with
someone else, injustice, or the desire to prove himself/herself.
more of the most common motivators: fear in this post, and love in Part II.
Fear as a Motivator
(human) cast of Disney’s Frozen
includes sisters Elsa and Anna, [prince] Hans, and ice master Kristoff.
Of the four,
Elsa and Hans are most motivated by fear.
Told as a
child that her magical powers could result in great danger, Elsa grows up
terrified of hurting someone the way she once hurt Anna. Elsa lives locked away
in the Arendelle castle and then in self-imposed exile in an ice castle, all
because her fear causes her to lose control of her powers and endanger her
actual agenda is revealed later in the story, comes to Arendelle in the first
place out of fear — fear that he’ll never have a kingdom of his own to rule. He
courts Anna, trying to infiltrate Arendelle through her, to compensate for
having been the youngest and most overlooked in his family.
Fear is a
powerful motivational device — whether your character fears for his/her life,
position, identity, worth, or relationships, that character will make decisions
(good or bad) as a consequence.
Are any of
your characters motivated by fear? What do they desire that leads to fear? What
actions do they take as a result of being afraid?