Character Motivation Worksheet

Each page of this character motivation worksheet should help you when you need  your character to perform a function in the plot, but you’re not sure what would drive them to act: a person, an event, an environment or a set of internal beliefs & values?

Character Motivation Worksheet Writing Worksheet

Click Here to Download This Worksheet (PDF)

Character Motivation

This worksheet helps you explore 4 categories of character motivation:

  1. People: other characters who might have influenced the character (negatively or positively) or provided them with services or resources they needed.
  2. Events: experiences the character has lived through, and the memories and interpretations formed from them.
  3. Environments: places and situations that might support or suppress the character’s actions.
  4. Beliefs: the worldviews and priorities that the character activates during decision-making, whether correct or incorrect, empowering or disempowering.

Is the character consciously aware of this motivation?

  1. If the character isn’t aware of their motivation, they may be acting automatically, repeating patterns from their backstory when they need to change and adapt. These hidden motivations are usually revealed in the character’s behaviour or in subtle hints by other characters (or by the author). The character’s ignorance of their true motivation may keep them from making the change they need to make.
  2. If the character is aware of their motivation, it’s probably the conscious driving factor in their actions, perhaps their goal or dream. They will talk or think about it frequently and feel good about identifying with it, but this identification may also cause problems if it keeps them from making the change they need to make
RELATED:  Writing Worksheet Wednesday: Villains

Try combining conscious and unconscious motivations for a more three-dimensional character.

How do you ensure your character’s motivation fits in with their identity and with the story you’re telling?

If your plot requires your character to do something uncharacteristic, simply working out their motivation may not be enough. A motivating factor may feel forced or unconvincing if it isn’t integrated into the character’s backstory, their current state, and their development arc.

It’s important to have a storytelling structure that unites plot and character. I offer two online writing courses that teach you the writing techniques you can use to plot your novel and create your cast on just one sheet of paper. Click here to learn more.

Creative Writing Course

Character development course


If you found this worksheet helpful, please don’t forget to pin it for future reference!

Character motivation worksheet

Roses, book & quill
Write now...
Roses, book & quill
Pick up an Ebook...
Roses, book & quill
My New Novel!

a law of attraction novel

Roses, book & quill
Lady Writer

I write about literature, language, love, and living off your pen. Also, fortifying fiction, personal amelioration, and tea.

Roses, book & quill
Roses, book & quill
Learn from a master
Roses, book & quill
Thank you for Sharing!
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit
Share on email
Share on whatsapp
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on tumblr
The Alemmian Advertiser
Please be advised that the following ONLINE WRITING COURSES are currently on offer at
01. Plot
The One Page Novel

Learn how to structure and outline your story,  and finally finish your manuscript.

02. Character
How to Be the Heroine of Your Own Story

Learn how to create strong, memorable, lifelike characters.

03. World
How to Lose Yourself in a World of Your Own Invention

Learn how to build a story world that transports both you, and your reader.

Study creative writing at The Lady Writers League, enjoy exclusive membership benefits, and GROW into the writer you have always longed to be.
Courses are open to ladies & gentlemen of all levels of writing ability. Please provide your own paper.
Roses, book & quill
Thank You For Reading

New articles, worksheets, stories & other free writing resources are published every week. 

Please subscribe so you don’t miss any!


You can also keep in touch with me on the following social media platforms…

Don't forget to pick up your
free novel outline + training!
7-page plot outline you can use to practice writing right now.


This page contains affiliate links which help support the site.

Angie Makes Feminine WordPress Themes
Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 6,466 other subscribers.

Don't Miss this Free Workshop!