What Drives Your Character?

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Does your main character have to be the best at what they do?

In The Maze Runner, the main character was a fast runner, with an exceptional amount of figuring out what on earth was going on with the maze and why were they there. He was driven. Maybe he wasn’t the fastest, smartest guy, but he had that extra drive that made him interesting and special.

In the Harry Potter series, the main character was a smart kid, and pretty talented. I wouldn’t say he was exceptional though. He did surround himself with the right people, friends, mentors etc. I think bravery was his best attribute and the drive to do the right thing.

In Divergent, (I’ve only read the first book) Tris isn’t athletic at first, but she has that drive to be something greater than her boring life at Abnegation. She wanted something and nothing would stop her. She was driven.

These are only a few examples of characters who aren’t the best at what they do, but they have the drive to succeed and do whatever it takes. Damn determination! In real life, I see very talented people with zero drive, and not so talented people with a great drive. Who succeeds here?

For myself, I have a great drive for certain things. I have my hang ups that get in the way though. And things can take so long to come to fruition. So my drive wavers when results don’t show up quickly. I enjoy stories with characters who are driven because that’s what I want to emanate in my own life!

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One thought on “What Drives Your Character?

  1. Great advice to develop what makes characters tick. I figure characters need motivation for the story to move forward, and those characters with drive are the ones who become heroes of the book.

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