By: Lauren Sapala
Do you really know what motivates your characters? I mean beyond trying to solve the mystery of the plot you’ve woven around them, or being reunited with the person you’ve torn from them in the interest of suspense. What is the constant energetic force in your character’s life that drives him or her to do the things they do?
You can find out by looking at the three lower levels of human consciousness. These three areas are the ego’s favorite playgrounds. Most of us spend some time in all of them every day, but each us has one realm in particular that we favor. And that goes for characters too.
Here are the Big 3, going from lowest to highest:
Characters who are motivated by security tend to hoard things: Money, material items, food, etc. And they’re usually stingy when it comes to sharing. It’s difficult for them to trust others, and give or receive love. They tend to get jealous easily. They believe that if something good is going around, there isn’t enough and it will surely run out before it gets to them.
Security-focused characters manifest their underlying fears through rigidity, routine, paranoia and suspicion.
Gollum in the Lord of the Rings is a great example of a character who operates on the security level just about every single second of his life.
Sensation (or, the Sex Level)
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