Welcome to “Why did your character?”! This is a character and plot development game to help you get into your characters’ heads and determine their motives, goals, thoughts, and actions. for example, why did you antagonist kill your protagonists parents? There’s always a reason–that is, if it’s a realistic story.
How it works:
One member answers the above question and then they can phrase a similar question for the next member to answer. If there isn’t a scene like this in your book, you can use it as a hypothetical and just use your character.
Q: Why did your character get drunk last night?
A: Because he broke up with his girlfriend and believes it will help him forget.
Please: Try not to just say “Well, I think my character did this because…” Don’t answer it for your character, have your character answer it. This doesn’t mean to have them talking, necessarily, just have them think the way they do and come up with a reason.
First question: Why did your character betray a friend, loved one, or ally?