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Beyond Good and Bad Guys: Using Real Life Motivations in Your Writing

One way to get stuck in a story is to have too shallow a motivation for your characters. They’ve sailed through some everyday actions, but when faced with a real struggle, they get stuck — and you get stuck as a writer. Characters facing desperate, dangerous, or difficult situations need powerful motivations. Everyday reasons don’t force us to keep going when the going gets hard. Luckily, there are no simple humans. Everyone has plenty of reasons — known and unconscious — for what we do. Our motivations are a map of what we care about, how we show up, and often include the ingredients for our eventual success or failure. Join us as we explore what motivates people to engage the world, take risks, be cruel or kind, and keep going in the face of danger.

Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S has been a counselor and workshop presenter in Austin for over 30 years. He works everyday with motivation and change. At night, he writes historical murder mysteries. You can learn more about Bill’s practice at