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The Magic and Mystery of Character Motivation

character motivationby Christian Sexton

There are three parts to a character: a personality, a backstory, and a motivation. These three things are what create your story. 

Most important of the three is the character’s desire, or motivation. A motivation has the potential to be the backbone of the entire story, create a character arc, or add a more complex dimension to your story. 

To create amazing character motivations, here are four rules. 

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The Only Character Name Generator You’ll Ever Need


Urwin Moss

Francis Sutton

Austin Read
2016-07-16T10:54:13+00:00
Urwin Moss Francis Sutton Austin Read

Chloe Arseneau

Zoe Vincent

Eva Bonnet
2016-07-20T22:59:22+00:00
Chloe Arseneau Zoe Vincent Eva Bonnet

Maximilian Peppero

Quincy Lima

Adrian Rauso
2016-07-16T10:41:27+00:00
Maximilian Peppero Quincy Lima Adrian Rauso

Wai Qu

Niger Siodla

Jamille Victory
2016-07-16T10:52:16+00:00
Wai Qu Niger Siodla Jamille Victory

Angelica Marino

Nadia Ferrari

Guido Gallo
2016-07-22T22:43:59+00:00
Angelica Marino Nadia Ferrari Guido Gallo

Abigail Salazar

Maria Delgado

Juan Esteban Sandoval
2016-07-21T08:34:24+00:00
Abigail Salazar Maria Delgado Juan Esteban Sandoval

Horace Greenlawn

Bebe "Hollywood” Sandovski

Snicker Treemount
2016-07-16T10:46:34+00:00
Horace Greenlawn Bebe "Hollywood” Sandovski Snicker Treemount

Topher Lee Ellis

Jailee Danjuma

David Serenoa
2016-07-18T13:37:57+00:00
Topher Lee Ellis Jailee Danjuma David Serenoa

Anastasia Petrov

Irene Fedorov

Polly Duncan
2016-07-22T22:50:29+00:00
Anastasia Petrov Irene Fedorov Polly Duncan

Captain Mindi Macias

Kimball Foss

Leslie Taylor
2016-07-22T22:12:42+00:00
Captain Mindi Macias Kimball Foss Leslie Taylor

Magdelena Tremaine

May Van Dyck

Birdie Waldgrave
2016-07-16T10:56:40+00:00
Magdelena Tremaine May Van Dyck Birdie Waldgrave

Melvin Curio

Quentin Dubois

Sofia Earp
2016-07-16T10:58:03+00:00
Melvin Curio Quentin Dubois Sofia Earp

Alix Giraud

Myriam Renaud

Kevin Olivier
2016-07-22T22:56:34+00:00
Alix Giraud Myriam Renaud Kevin Olivier

Lea Ho

Jared Tuck

Rodrigo Nunez
2016-07-22T22:26:49+00:00
Lea Ho Jared Tuck Rodrigo Nunez

Jackie Willers

Amy Tait

Matt Frese
2016-07-22T22:16:36+00:00
Jackie Willers Amy Tait Matt Frese

Magdalena Bolano

Maria Caballero

Irene Franke
2016-07-22T22:46:31+00:00
Magdalena Bolano Maria Caballero Irene Franke

Billy Stroker

Chardonnay Hooker

Olivia Wayne
2016-07-21T08:18:36+00:00
Billy Stroker Chardonnay Hooker Olivia Wayne

Peilin Rea

Catherine McCreary

Haru Fujimura
2016-07-22T22:21:26+00:00
Peilin Rea Catherine McCreary Haru Fujimura

Milo Deschamps

Fabio Renault

Andy Carre
2016-07-22T22:57:45+00:00
Milo Deschamps Fabio Renault Andy Carre

Paul Harikrishna

Boris Ivanov

Aponi Butterfly
2016-07-16T10:49:56+00:00
Paul Harikrishna Boris Ivanov Aponi Butterfly

Reverend B. Shaw

Henry Guy

Jonathan Daft
2016-07-21T08:13:14+00:00
Reverend B. Shaw Henry Guy Jonathan Daft

John-Kennon Morey

Kasey Czyzniejewski

Kem Boggs
2016-07-22T22:29:22+00:00
John-Kennon Morey Kasey Czyzniejewski Kem Boggs

Mae “Pretty Prairie” Bae

Catherine Weston “Tall Chief”

J. Dada
2016-07-16T10:49:38+00:00
Mae “Pretty Prairie” Bae Catherine Weston “Tall Chief” J. Dada

Reaghan Buckley

Morgana Carey

Maeve Keefe
2016-07-20T22:36:29+00:00
Reaghan Buckley Morgana Carey Maeve Keefe

Sarah Sofia Borges

Amelia Cruz

Paulina Del Negro
2016-07-22T22:47:28+00:00
Sarah Sofia Borges Amelia Cruz Paulina Del Negro

Harry Haas

Jerry Peeters

Nicole Dubois
2016-07-20T22:50:39+00:00
Harry Haas Jerry Peeters Nicole Dubois

Shakira Said

Finlay Hyperion

Ellora Dash

 
2016-07-20T22:44:23+00:00
Shakira Said Finlay Hyperion Ellora Dash  

K.M.G. Mine

Woody "Crisscross" Kettle

Dwayne Druff
2016-07-21T08:12:13+00:00
K.M.G. Mine Woody "Crisscross" Kettle Dwayne Druff

Meredith Ragan

Rebekah Son Nieh

Dee Woo
2016-07-22T22:36:50+00:00
Meredith Ragan Rebekah Son Nieh Dee Woo

Oliver McNabb

Terrance Nakamura

Hans Gruber
2016-07-20T22:47:42+00:00
Oliver McNabb Terrance Nakamura Hans Gruber

Jean-Baptiste Merlin

Eric Mace

Colin Gay
2016-07-22T23:00:58+00:00
Jean-Baptiste Merlin Eric Mace Colin Gay

Pinto Schwartz

Hans Egger

Lilly Binder
2016-07-20T22:49:52+00:00
Pinto Schwartz Hans Egger Lilly Binder

Tracy Minassian

Jessie Pratt

Susan H.W. Bajoras
2016-07-22T22:13:38+00:00
Tracy Minassian Jessie Pratt Susan H.W. Bajoras

Elizabeth Fantastic

Ben Hulk

Spencer W.B. Zaster
2016-07-21T08:14:52+00:00
Elizabeth Fantastic Ben Hulk Spencer W.B. Zaster

Soe Watt

Rich Vachier-Lagrave

P.L. Green
2016-07-16T10:49:01+00:00
Soe Watt Rich Vachier-Lagrave P.L. Green

Justin Schwendimann

Nick McFarr

Evan Ripatrazone
2016-07-22T22:15:18+00:00
Justin Schwendimann Nick McFarr Evan Ripatrazone

Nick Fight

Fedor Savin

Misha Slutsky
2016-07-22T22:53:06+00:00
Nick Fight Fedor Savin Misha Slutsky

Annelise Burt

Gabriella Marie Wolf

Saskia DiPardo
2016-07-22T22:27:34+00:00
Annelise Burt Gabriella Marie Wolf Saskia DiPardo

Winston Twisselmann III

Andy Mullett

D.B. Calcaterra
2016-07-22T22:17:40+00:00
Winston Twisselmann III Andy Mullett D.B. Calcaterra

Vikesha Kim

Hallie Mason

Paytin Edward Tate-Ramsey
2016-07-18T13:36:07+00:00
Vikesha Kim Hallie Mason Paytin Edward Tate-Ramsey

Cannon Longhorn

Ramzey Chalk

Stubby Coffey
2016-07-16T10:57:44+00:00
Cannon Longhorn Ramzey Chalk Stubby Coffey

Chucky Wagner

Nelly Mayer

Cassandra Hofer
2016-07-20T22:48:21+00:00
Chucky Wagner Nelly Mayer Cassandra Hofer

Joshua Einstein

Emiliano Lopez

Mia Cruz
2016-07-21T08:27:35+00:00
Joshua Einstein Emiliano Lopez Mia Cruz

Coral Anne Banks

Famela Ison

Laura Rapp Pollock
2016-07-22T22:34:50+00:00
Coral Anne Banks Famela Ison Laura Rapp Pollock

Federica Bianchi

Arianna Greco

Gaia DeLuca
2016-07-22T22:42:04+00:00
Federica Bianchi Arianna Greco Gaia DeLuca

Kofi Kenyon

James Jury Johnson

Kwanza Bello
2016-07-16T10:50:15+00:00
Kofi Kenyon James Jury Johnson Kwanza Bello

Connor Eck

Bishop Trabuco

Geronimo Champion
2016-07-16T10:40:54+00:00
Connor Eck Bishop Trabuco Geronimo Champion

Simon Dupont

Neil Wooters

Martin J. S. Goose
2016-07-20T22:51:42+00:00
Simon Dupont Neil Wooters Martin J. S. Goose

Zane Farr

Plushy Labate

Veronique Liger
2016-07-16T10:58:37+00:00
Zane Farr Plushy Labate Veronique Liger

Marlo “Scooby” Vixon

Breen Zuniga

James Garstang
2016-07-16T00:44:06+00:00
Marlo “Scooby” Vixon Breen Zuniga James Garstang

Hasani

Courage Ceaton

Aiyana Winters
2016-07-18T13:36:35+00:00
Hasani Courage Ceaton Aiyana Winters

Cassie Shumaker

Sam Boys

Kelly Dreadful
2016-07-22T22:31:43+00:00
Cassie Shumaker Sam Boys Kelly Dreadful

Sally Duquette

Jeremiah Leith

Bo Vance
2016-07-22T22:19:19+00:00
Sally Duquette Jeremiah Leith Bo Vance

Hikari Ohka

Morgan Lee Underwood

Sir Odin of the North
2016-07-18T07:44:58+00:00
Hikari Ohka Morgan Lee Underwood Sir Odin of the North

Karen Seishiro

Alice Heathcock

Matthew Armbruster
2016-07-22T22:32:43+00:00
Karen Seishiro Alice Heathcock Matthew Armbruster

Jimmy Miser

Frank Bird

Eden Flanagan
2016-07-22T22:25:02+00:00
Jimmy Miser Frank Bird Eden Flanagan

Adoph Yaeger

Penny Bussel

Dylan Bultemeier
2016-07-22T22:35:35+00:00
Adoph Yaeger Penny Bussel Dylan Bultemeier

Anais Lena Petit

Juliette Garcia

Mathilde Mercier
2016-07-20T23:00:22+00:00
Anais Lena Petit Juliette Garcia Mathilde Mercier

Dereke Wade

Joy LaGeorge

Russ-Tiger Hettinger
2016-07-22T22:38:36+00:00
Dereke Wade Joy LaGeorge Russ-Tiger Hettinger

Barb Dwyer

Sergeant Ray Stiller

Justin Palo
2016-07-21T08:08:35+00:00
Barb Dwyer Sergeant Ray Stiller Justin Palo

Deanne "Mama Dee" Andrews

Jimmy Mccoy

Benjamin North, III
2016-07-18T13:44:29+00:00
Deanne "Mama Dee" Andrews Jimmy Mccoy Benjamin North, III

Tania Luce

Kelley Runyan

George Nadzam
2016-07-22T22:11:50+00:00
Tania Luce Kelley Runyan George Nadzam

Ashley Marie Patterson

Keith Lambert

Samara Jhaviri
2016-07-18T13:41:04+00:00
Ashley Marie Patterson Keith Lambert Samara Jhaviri

Anastasio Marquez-Coleman

Rooney Blake

Dr. Waters
2016-07-16T20:47:32+00:00
Anastasio Marquez-Coleman Rooney Blake Dr. Waters

Yvonne Abrams

Santiago Gonzalez

Daisy Fombelle
2016-07-21T08:21:14+00:00
Yvonne Abrams Santiago Gonzalez Daisy Fombelle

Jafaris Griffin III

Sergio Babcock

Silas Fry
2016-07-16T10:56:00+00:00
Jafaris Griffin III Sergio Babcock Silas Fry

Birdie “Two-Bush” Bancroft

Cha’relle Archer

Buzz Abernathy
2016-07-16T10:57:00+00:00
Birdie “Two-Bush” Bancroft Cha’relle Archer Buzz Abernathy

Danielle Bibimbap

Ebeth Nutting

Colby Weathers
2016-07-22T22:37:40+00:00
Danielle Bibimbap Ebeth Nutting Colby Weathers

Terry Plymouth

Christian Giammona

Stitchy Morwood
2016-07-16T10:44:49+00:00
Terry Plymouth Christian Giammona Stitchy Morwood

Johnny Suluvale

Felipe Gutierrez

Sarah Knox
2016-07-22T22:24:08+00:00
Johnny Suluvale Felipe Gutierrez Sarah Knox

Peace West

Gerald “Bull-Dog” Trench

Reni Driver
2016-07-16T10:51:30+00:00
Peace West Gerald “Bull-Dog” Trench Reni Driver

Wright “Rattail” Entwistle

Jesus Emmanuel

P.E. Cougar
2016-07-16T10:55:37+00:00
Wright “Rattail” Entwistle Jesus Emmanuel P.E. Cougar

Julia Otto

Sir Gunter Fuchs

J.T. Gunner
2016-07-20T23:08:37+00:00
Julia Otto Sir Gunter Fuchs J.T. Gunner

Chris Lepucki

Jeff Tryon

Ana Sofia Delgado
2016-07-22T22:26:00+00:00
Chris Lepucki Jeff Tryon Ana Sofia Delgado

Joaquin Gutierrez

Leonardo Medina

Bruno Fargor
2016-07-21T08:33:27+00:00
Joaquin Gutierrez Leonardo Medina Bruno Fargor

Edgar Gayot

Hector Baron

Angel Poulain
2016-07-22T22:58:37+00:00
Edgar Gayot Hector Baron Angel Poulain

Agathe Boyer

Yasmine Perez

Valentine Marchand
2016-07-22T22:55:45+00:00
Agathe Boyer Yasmine Perez Valentine Marchand

Kasey Gosche Brashear

Ebony Lange

Dyanne Paradise
2016-07-22T22:30:17+00:00
Kasey Gosche Brashear Ebony Lange Dyanne Paradise

Vito Romano

Flavio Rizzo

Luciano Moretti
2016-07-22T22:44:59+00:00
Vito Romano Flavio Rizzo Luciano Moretti

Jarl “Bow-Wow” Seeger

Quincy Frankel

Horace Robote
2016-07-16T10:51:51+00:00
Jarl “Bow-Wow” Seeger Quincy Frankel Horace Robote

Lian Cho-Hahn

Natalia Mariana Soto Perez

Phoenix James
2016-07-18T13:40:31+00:00
Lian Cho-Hahn Natalia Mariana Soto Perez Phoenix James

Jon Jorgensen

Yo Nielsen

Paula Christensen
2016-07-20T22:53:57+00:00
Jon Jorgensen Yo Nielsen Paula Christensen

Baby Peterson

Willy Grant

John "Bulldog" Fox
2016-07-21T08:16:18+00:00
Baby Peterson Willy Grant John "Bulldog" Fox

Olga Smirnov

Polina Popov

Lena Hamilton
2016-07-22T22:49:22+00:00
Olga Smirnov Polina Popov Lena Hamilton

Magda Walt

Jim Suzuki

P.J. Darby

 
2016-07-22T22:39:35+00:00
Magda Walt Jim Suzuki P.J. Darby  

Lina Harb

Raja Toma

Leo Taurus
2016-07-20T22:45:12+00:00
Lina Harb Raja Toma Leo Taurus

Bo Plumber

Margaux Thomas

Sofia Leroy
2016-07-20T23:01:17+00:00
Bo Plumber Margaux Thomas Sofia Leroy

Gay Flagger

Pearl Hobbs

Terri Plunder
2016-07-21T08:10:36+00:00
Gay Flagger Pearl Hobbs Terri Plunder

Alison McGyver

Walker Pheonix

Bianca Shore
2016-07-20T22:46:04+00:00
Alison McGyver Walker Pheonix Bianca Shore

Margherita Russo

Carlotta Costa

Giovanna Mancini
2016-07-22T22:42:59+00:00
Margherita Russo Carlotta Costa Giovanna Mancini

Wayne Tasmajian

Eleanor Ryness

Curtis Cannon
2016-07-22T22:40:24+00:00
Wayne Tasmajian Eleanor Ryness Curtis Cannon

Brooke Clear

Sean Bone

Hazel "Peach" Nutt
2016-07-21T08:11:17+00:00
Brooke Clear Sean Bone Hazel "Peach" Nutt

Nitro Muller

Nelly Winkler

Missy Schmidt
2016-07-20T22:49:13+00:00
Nitro Muller Nelly Winkler Missy Schmidt

Zachary Choi

Phoebe Spice

Jared Sharts
2016-07-21T08:23:22+00:00
Zachary Choi Phoebe Spice Jared Sharts

Andre Bonnet Morel

Michel Laurent Girard

Juan Zorro
2016-07-20T22:58:17+00:00
Andre Bonnet Morel Michel Laurent Girard Juan Zorro

Magnus Hero

Yue Li

Viswanathan Baht
2016-07-16T10:48:26+00:00
Magnus Hero Yue Li Viswanathan Baht

Brently McFee

Fatima Hakim

Hana Saab
2016-07-20T22:41:30+00:00
Brently McFee Fatima Hakim Hana Saab

Omar Darzi

Aidan MacMathan

Cormac O'Berne
2016-07-20T22:41:09+00:00
Omar Darzi Aidan MacMathan Cormac O'Berne

Holly S. Laine

Soul Bertrand

John Roux
2016-07-20T22:57:30+00:00
Holly S. Laine Soul Bertrand John Roux

Karen Ba

Ali Kalb

Bran Boyle
2016-07-20T22:35:14+00:00
Karen Ba Ali Kalb Bran Boyle

Captain Yunior Pevensey

Kelsey Quackenboss

Kyron Stryker
2016-07-16T10:56:18+00:00
Captain Yunior Pevensey Kelsey Quackenboss Kyron Stryker

Apreel Price

Malaboo Cuomo

Ruth Cuomo
2016-07-22T22:34:02+00:00
Apreel Price Malaboo Cuomo Ruth Cuomo

Kristianna Baumwirt

Mack Gold

Mitch Karlin
2016-07-22T22:22:14+00:00
Kristianna Baumwirt Mack Gold Mitch Karlin

Norman Knight

Lani Godbehere

Umberto Green
2016-07-21T08:07:17+00:00
Norman Knight Lani Godbehere Umberto Green

Rowan Rivers

Kai Russo

Louisa "Lulu" Oswald
2016-07-16T20:48:18+00:00
Rowan Rivers Kai Russo Louisa "Lulu" Oswald

Sergey Polanski

Igor Urban

Konstantin Levin
2016-07-22T22:52:07+00:00
Sergey Polanski Igor Urban Konstantin Levin

Emerald Axworthy

Velvet Bixby

Alex Cahill
2016-07-16T10:57:15+00:00
Emerald Axworthy Velvet Bixby Alex Cahill

Nikolas Kazantzakis

Paula Clegg

James Perrotta
2016-07-21T08:30:24+00:00
Nikolas Kazantzakis Paula Clegg James Perrotta

Maul Toff

Yasmine David

Valentine Durand
2016-07-20T23:02:08+00:00
Maul Toff Yasmine David Valentine Durand

Singh Skeet

Sheldon Gallagher

Wallace Sharp
2016-07-16T10:53:53+00:00
Singh Skeet Sheldon Gallagher Wallace Sharp

Calvin "Cal" Lugubrious

James Legendre

Swan Lacombe
2016-07-22T22:59:59+00:00
Calvin "Cal" Lugubrious James Legendre Swan Lacombe

Salma Fawzi

N.T. Purr

Linus Hamilton
2016-07-16T10:58:21+00:00
Salma Fawzi N.T. Purr Linus Hamilton

Bungay Prentice

Annette Kirton

Doug Hole
2016-07-21T08:09:33+00:00
Bungay Prentice Annette Kirton Doug Hole

Eric Cousineau

Ginny Webb

Kat Dark

 
2016-07-22T22:31:01+00:00
Eric Cousineau Ginny Webb Kat Dark  

Margaret Chabon

Thomas Farrarons

Elaine Faber
2016-07-21T08:28:19+00:00
Margaret Chabon Thomas Farrarons Elaine Faber

Emily Press

Jordon Sargent

Kellin Keener
2016-07-21T08:19:22+00:00
Emily Press Jordon Sargent Kellin Keener

JJ Goldberg

Carl Taro Gross

Peter Glaser
2016-07-22T22:15:58+00:00
JJ Goldberg Carl Taro Gross Peter Glaser

Phil Rosa

J.Y. Reynolds

Blake Aijian

 
2016-07-22T22:14:32+00:00
Phil Rosa J.Y. Reynolds Blake Aijian  

Randall Ikegami

Mary Cook

K.B. Davenport
2016-07-22T22:28:28+00:00
Randall Ikegami Mary Cook K.B. Davenport

Jim Sitar

Fred Sisk

Sammy Sebastian Sinclair
2016-07-16T10:53:03+00:00
Jim Sitar Fred Sisk Sammy Sebastian Sinclair

Agnes Meyer

Alena Weber

Gert Hoffmann
2016-07-20T23:03:32+00:00
Agnes Meyer Alena Weber Gert Hoffmann

Cooper Kennedy

Joy Angelo

Asher Vinne
2016-07-18T13:37:22+00:00
Cooper Kennedy Joy Angelo Asher Vinne

Ruthie Whetstone

Roy Newman

Natasha Arnell
2016-07-22T22:18:31+00:00
Ruthie Whetstone Roy Newman Natasha Arnell

Simeon Hardy

Lou Torres

Jaden Proust
2016-07-22T23:02:06+00:00
Simeon Hardy Lou Torres Jaden Proust

Baron Wilkes

Rowdy Perez

Maria Jose Torres
2016-07-21T08:26:31+00:00
Baron Wilkes Rowdy Perez Maria Jose Torres

Professor Burrows

Austyn Carpenter

Grant P. McIntyre-Bachman
2016-07-18T07:44:35+00:00
Professor Burrows Austyn Carpenter Grant P. McIntyre-Bachman

Eliot Sean

Sage Underhill

Santiago Unwin
2016-07-16T10:53:26+00:00
Eliot Sean Sage Underhill Santiago Unwin

Iona Cooney

Eveline MacKay

Dorran MacConnell
2016-07-20T22:39:00+00:00
Iona Cooney Eveline MacKay Dorran MacConnell

Jessamine Howard

Bentley Baker

Sister Angeline
2016-07-18T13:39:01+00:00
Jessamine Howard Bentley Baker Sister Angeline

Hallie Cherian

Timothy Raper

Caleb Maldonado
2016-07-22T22:36:15+00:00
Hallie Cherian Timothy Raper Caleb Maldonado

Nice Zeller

Malumbo French

Bucky Spackle
2016-07-16T10:50:32+00:00
Nice Zeller Malumbo French Bucky Spackle

Rock Dam

Nathaniel Rasmussen

Paul Jensen
2016-07-20T22:55:55+00:00
Rock Dam Nathaniel Rasmussen Paul Jensen

Glen John Gold

Jacob Buzzard

Marcy Cure
2016-07-22T22:22:57+00:00
Glen John Gold Jacob Buzzard Marcy Cure

Dimitri Mikahil

Mat Novak

Billy Weird
2016-07-20T22:53:04+00:00
Dimitri Mikahil Mat Novak Billy Weird

Amy Poulsen

Bret Nichols

Hurt Smirnov
2016-07-20T22:55:06+00:00
Amy Poulsen Bret Nichols Hurt Smirnov

Sir Ned Ellarshaw

Clark Elbutt

Shiloh Cage
2016-07-16T10:55:17+00:00
Sir Ned Ellarshaw Clark Elbutt Shiloh Cage

Gabriela Fischer

Fritz Becker

May Polo
2016-07-20T23:05:28+00:00
Gabriela Fischer Fritz Becker May Polo

Erika Lebarge

Sarah Abdelatif

Janet Huston
2016-07-22T22:11:01+00:00
Erika Lebarge Sarah Abdelatif Janet Huston

Turtle Duncan

Drew Hogwood

Stacey Clutterbuck
2016-07-21T08:17:06+00:00
Turtle Duncan Drew Hogwood Stacey Clutterbuck

Coraghessan Walsh

Victor Bologan

Ivan Korobov
2016-07-16T10:48:06+00:00
Coraghessan Walsh Victor Bologan Ivan Korobov

Samson "Scrappy Sammie" McDaniel

D'vonne King, Jr.

Emmelina
2016-07-18T07:44:05+00:00
Samson "Scrappy Sammie" McDaniel D'vonne King, Jr. Emmelina

Nicole Knut

Winston Quarry

Lena Horn
2016-07-20T23:09:52+00:00
Nicole Knut Winston Quarry Lena Horn

Lev Matthiessen

Emma Skinner

Bill Tripp
2016-07-21T08:29:15+00:00
Lev Matthiessen Emma Skinner Bill Tripp

Frank Ball

Paul Underdown

Morris Emms
2016-07-16T10:54:40+00:00
Frank Ball Paul Underdown Morris Emms

Z.V. Schwartz

Franklin Goldstein

Reid Rummel
2016-07-18T13:39:39+00:00
Z.V. Schwartz Franklin Goldstein Reid Rummel

Neptune Harrison

Daisy Daphne

Bryony Atlas

 
2016-07-20T22:44:50+00:00
Neptune Harrison Daisy Daphne Bryony Atlas  

Gretchen Kruger

Jo Winter

Klara Brandt

 
2016-07-20T23:08:11+00:00
Gretchen Kruger Jo Winter Klara Brandt  

B.C. Macklemore

Terry Rumble

Annabelle Fury
2016-07-16T10:47:39+00:00
B.C. Macklemore Terry Rumble Annabelle Fury

Mathis David

Noah Fournier

Margaux Roy
2016-07-22T22:54:58+00:00
Mathis David Noah Fournier Margaux Roy


Adoption PartyHaving trouble coming up for a name for your character? Look no further! This random character name generator is just the tool you need.

A good writer knows that word choice can make or break a story, and character names are no exception. The names you choose resonate with readers on both a conscious and subconscious level. They have the power to convey meaning overtly or through hidden messages.

For instance, in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll’s experiment unleashes his animalistic alter-ego, Hyde. Jekyll has the word “Kill” hidden inside it, and Jekyll is after Hyde’s “hide.” See? The entire story is given away in their names alone. Stevenson’s layers of meaning are a fine example of the density that can and should be packed into names.

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How to Create Secondary Characters

How to WriteNobody goes through life without some help, and the same goes for your main characters. It’s nearly impossible for a story or novel to be complete without a few secondary characters to support and put a spotlight on your lead.

What would Holmes be without Watson? Or Alice in Wonderland without the Cheshire Cat? Or the Merchant of Venice without Shylock?

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Character Development Jetpack: 6 Tricks & 9 Questions

CharacterDevelopmentYour characters matter more than your plot.

I’ll say it again: your characters matter more than your plot.

You can give your audience dragons, mystery, romance, or even a massacre at a wedding, but none of that will matter if the reader doesn’t care what happens to the people. They are the ones who drive the story. You can build the most unique world with the most intricate plot, but if your characters have as much collective personality as a lamp, then your fiction will have as much life and energy as an Ikea warehouse.

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The Gigantic List of Character Descriptions

GiganticList of CharacterDescriptionsThe vast majority of character descriptions are simply lazy.

They recycle typical ideas about hair, eye color, and build, giving you more information about the character’s fitting for a dress or suit than the type of information you need to know them intimately.

The first thing you should do when describing a character is to pick a category that isn’t so overused. Such as trying to describe: 

  • Scent
  • Skin
  • Aura
  • Movement

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4 Character Questionnaire Tests — Can You Pass Them?

Character Questionnaires 2There are lots of character questionnaires out there stuffed with 200, 300, and even 400 questions.

This is overkill.

It’s not about how many questions you can answer, it’s about what questions you’re asking.

The majority of questions on these questionnaires are filler that waste the author’s time. I mean, “How does this character view life?” or “What is this character’s dental work like?” (I’m not kidding).

 This is garbage, and ultimately unhelpful to making the character a fully realized human on the page.

Let’s skip right over the ones that you should know already:

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