Why? Because. Just Because.

In “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Erotic Romance”, author Alison Kent says:

One of the best tips I ever received for writing believable and compelling internal motivation was to ask a character “Why?” He has to give his answer in a “Because…” response, and I then follow that up with another “Why?” We keep doing this until he can’t give me anything but a simple “Because. Just because.”–no more than that. Doing this causes the character (and me) to dig to the root of what drives him…

Today, pick one of your fictional characters and one of his goals and ask him: “Why?” Don’t let him go until you get the answer you want. If you prefer journaling to fiction-writing, pick one of your own goals in life and ask yourself the same question!

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