motivations, values, & all that fun stuff!


When I wake up every day, my motivation is to get out of bed, get school/work done, and talk to my friends. And, hopefully, to get some writing done! Pretty much everyone has some kind of motivation – whether that’s to succeed at school/work, spend time with their family, etc.

And in fiction, motivation is VERY important. Without it, where would any novel go?

Take Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, for example. Early into the book, Percy discovers he’s a demigod – the son of a Greek god and a mortal mother. His mortal mother is captured by another god, who thinks Percy stole something of his. Percy’s motivation is to get his mother back, no matter the cost.

In The Hunger Games, Katniss’ motivation is to keep her family fed and safe. When her sister’s name is reaped for the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers so that her sister isn’t harmed – even if that means that Katniss will probably die. She loves her sister and wants what’s best for her.

Now, both of their motivations change over time, but still keep the same core – they want to protect someone. Percy eventually ends up at the center of a prophecy that could change the world, and Katniss at the heart of a rebellion. But both Percy and Katniss want to protect their families, their friends, and the people around them.

This is a value.

Both Katniss and Percy value their friends and families – their relationships, if you will. So their motivations largely center around their values.

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