We have put together this post on universal needs to consider when creating characters.
Our characters control our story. A novel, which consists of a plot, scenes, and settings, cannot move forward without characters.
[Use our Character Creation Kit to create great characters for your stories.]
One of my favourite things about writing a story is creating a character. I like to concentrate on creating the best protagonist and antagonist I can. These important characters drive stories. I love the idea of a blank character questionnaire, where I can mould a personality who will be strong enough to tell the story.
- Will he or she have a personality disorder?
- How will their body language reveal their intentions?
- Which of the 12 Most Common Archetypes will he or she fit?
Getting under the skin of my characters is fun. I have to decide what motivates a character to act or re-act to a situation. If you look at psychology, this is usually because of an unmet need.
We found this incredible list of universal needs by Gina Senarighi in her post, Relationship Advice: Set Intentions and be heard again. She says,
“Marshall Rosenberg founded Non-violent Communication years ago based on his theory that all human behaviour centres on met or unmet needs. Use this list as a guide to identify which unmet needs might be underlying your intention.”
The character you create in a novel will have unmet needs too. Use this list to help you define them.
© Amanda Patterson