it is okay to be scared; please remember that it is in times like these that we must spread love and positivity in order to help who we can - please take a deep breath, take care of yourself, take care of others; you’re strong, you can do this
Would you maybe possibly recommend the happiest, most sunshiney, most unsad dnp video you could think of? I'm stressed out about life and so much in the world I can't control and I need something v v happy and cheerful.
I realize that I’m a WJSN blog and lots of you are probably wondering why I’m talking about another group all of a sudden, but Sistar is really important to me and I really want to take time to appreciate all they have done.
After 7 whole years of promoting, this group of beautiful and talented women is disbanding. For years, this group has done nothing but create amazing music that made summer a million times better and fight the stereotypes against Kpop ladies. They rocked tan/darker skin and actively showed that they were tanning, proving that all skin types are beautiful. They were known for being blunt and wouldn’t let anyone step on them. The girls even outright told a rookie idol ON AIR that men were dangerous and male seniors weren’t to be trusted. They took the “ quiet, obedient kpop girl” trope and shoved it face first into the ground. These girls were legends and they deserved to be treated much better than they were by Starship.
I’m going to miss Sistar more than I can express with words and it’s horrible to see them join the other amazing 2nd Generation girl groups who have disbanded. But I wish the girls happiness and I hope they’ll be treated fairly from now on. Also, lets make sure that there’s no discord between STAR1s and Ujungs. I don’t ever want to see “it’s good Sistar is dead cause then WJSN can shine” or “WJSN killed Sistar.” We all know that shit’s not true and it’s Starship to blame. Plus, WJSN idolizes Sistar. They’ve only danced to Sistar songs about 50+ times. Fuck Starship, but the family needs to stick together.
Anyway, I hope everyone can at least send a bit of love to Sistar and STAR1s. It’s gonna be tough watching a crucial part of summer die.
Whether it’s about why a character would
commit murder or why someone would want a do-over in life, I get a lot of
questions about character motivations. This is a very important question to ask
yourself to develop a believable character because for every action and
decision that is made there is some sort of motivation. You eat because you’re
hungry, you sleep because you’re tired, you plot to take over the country
because the current government killed your sister and framed it on you to further
their political agenda. Or maybe you eat because nobody can turn down the
deliciousness that is mint chocolate ice cream, you sleep because you’ve got a
ridiculous migraine from all the ice cream, and you plot to take over the world because you plan to outlaw eating
mint chocolate chip ice cream to have it all for yourself. No matter what the motive
is the important thing is that the character has one. To help you come up with
one for whatever insanity you’re planning (the scenarios I’ve seen from all of you make me equally proud and baffled) I’ve come up with a few points to
consider to get your thinking gears moving.
Consider how it relates to the
main plot and subplot(s).
Going back to taking over the
country, there are millions of ways this story could unfold. What differentiates
each and what makes it interesting is why the character wants to do this. Martin
Scorsese once said “The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king
died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.” This is the way a character’s
motive works: your story tells the reader what happens but the why and how is
always more interesting. So ask yourself what kind of impact you want this
motive to have on the plot because it is what will drive everything. When a
character doesn’t have a motivation (like a villain who is evil because) there
is no direction and no intrigue in the events as they unfold.
Is it out of fear or desire?
To put it very simply,
character motivation is fueled by either fear or desire (or maybe both). You
could eat because you saw someone else eating cake and now you really crave some
too, or you could eat because you fear dying of hunger. There are always primal
fears and desires like the desire for survival, companionship and happiness and
a fear of death and pain. These are great and can often come up but also try to
personalize them to your character so the reader feels why it is important to them. Once you having something fueling the motivation it becomes much more real and
gives you a better idea of how to use it.
Make it fit with the genre.
Along with personalizing to the
character, it’s good to keep in mind the tropes of the genre (remember tropes
are not the same as clichés). In a romance the reader expects one of the
motivations to be love, in a thriller it’s often about a fight for personal
survival and/or to save someone or something. The reason this is important is
because it would be odd for a character’s main motivation in a story about
saving the country from foreign invasion to be becoming a pianist. Unless, of
course the story is really about a young talent who loses their chance to
travel to a music school because of war, but now the plot has changed, hasn’t
it? There can be multiple motivations, especially when you cross genres like a
YA adventure, or thriller with a romance but just remember that readers who
give your work a try have certain expectations based on the genre so either try
to match or rethink the genre you’re really writing.
External and internal
External motivations are ones
that are imposed on your character by external forces while internal
motivations come from within themselves (personal desires). For example, take a
police officer tasked with finding a kidnapped victim. They have the external
motivation of solving this case because it is their job and failing at it would
be failing their assignment and leaving a life in peril. They could also have
many other personal motivations driving them like having lost their best friend
to trafficking or something completely unrelated, like they are motivated to
make their little kid proud. You can also try to make these motivations specific to differentiate from characters, at least in your own mind so you can weave that into the characters. External motivations can push the character into
the plot but the internal ones can keep them going when things get tough and make readers truly sympathize with them.
Finally, do your homework.
No matter how many tips you
read here or anywhere else, none of it is going to matter if you don’t sit down
and work out your character’s motivations to fit them and your plot. If you need
motivations for something that you might not be familiar with (eg. why someone
would commit a specific crime) or you need more information about the topic…RESEARCH!
Remember, remember, remember that there are no cutting corners when it comes to
writing so take a seat, let your mind explore the possibilities, and get to
Woke up to the news about Manchester. I’m sending love to all the families that are somehow affected by this and I hope we can help you somehow. Please spread this information over the social medias to help people who need it the most.