Musings · My Writing

Character Motivations and Emotions

Thought of the Week

How do you feel a character’s emotions and motivations? How do you write them well?


Recently I had someone in my monthly writing group point out a bad bit of plotting and a major character motivation issue, all in chapter 4, the chapter where I feel my book really gets its legs.

I’d like to say that I handled it well both in the meeting and after, but…I don’t believe in lying. I handled it well in-person, but lying in bed with my notebook by my side, I find I’m not taking it very well. I’ve been writing this story for so long. I’m not sure how to make the motivation clearer, without changing more, how to get the character to where I want at the end of chapter 4, and revising this novel is exhausting.

It makes me think again about how every author has an Acknowledgements page. We writers just can’t go this alone

So as scary as it is, I’m going to send my rough to some people and see what feedback I get about the entire manuscript, so I can get more ideas on how and what to revise.

Book(s) of the Week

Just read: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, a sortof fantasy Beauty & the Beast

Reading: Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, for the first time ever, and no I don’t watch the show (I know!). No spoilers, please!

Happy holidays to everyone, stay safe!

Until next time,



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