People act and react in accordance with a hidden set of rules that are unique to each one of us. Our own sort of hierarchy of priorities. Far more complex than a simple set of physical drives that need fulfilling in order of urgency we act emotionally, spiritually and intellectually in addition to the physical. People can be very hard to figure out but so long as they are of relatively sound mind they can usually be understood if you can get to their core motivations. Start with yourself. What did I do today? Why did I do that instead of something else? It’s okay for the answers to seem obvious, you are you after all.
We need to craft characters who are just as complex as real people so that even when they surprise and confound us it further reveals their inner motives. Continue reading