Character goals and reasons.

I am really big on reasons in relation to characters and plots. Regillion was a shadowy, lonely figure who I didn’t know that much about before I discovered his reason. Kayu was funny and endearing, but lacked that depth before he told me his. I cannot express how import the REASON is. Doesn’t matter which or what reason. Just that everything has a REASON for happening and being.

So, after reading this post and I decided to put all my major characters through these reasoning steps.

  1. Make sure every character has a goal.
  2. Determine why each character is important.
  3. Is the reader suppose to like or hate this character, and for what reasons?

SO FIRST!!!

Racid Oragan(gasp, for once a character who’s name doesn’t start with a hard consonant.)

1) What are the goals of this character?

To stop the triplets from destroying the world.

To keep Ichiara and Region safe.

2) Determine why this character is important.

No one else knows the Calmoanians as well as he does(they raised and trained him).

He’s the only one who has the skills needed to track down and keep up with the triplets’ plans.

3) Is the reader suppose to like or hate this character, and for what reasons?

  • Like him, definitely. He’s the ‘hero’ of Wanderlust.

He tries to do the right thing, risking his life for Ichiara and the safety of many, many people he doesn’t even know about who would be affected by the triplet’s rule, if they took over the world.

There should be a lot more reasons in all those points, but unfortunately Racid is still a little underdeveloped and I don’t have the relationshiop with him that I have to other characters.

SECOND UP! Princess Ichiara.

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1) What are the goals of this character?

To keep her people safe from Ekbard.

See the downfall of the triplets.

2) Determine why this character is important.

If Racid hadn’t met her he would have blindly followed the Calmoanian’s commands and helped the triplets gain power and control.

3) Is the reader suppose to like or hate them and for what reasons?

  • Like.

Cares for Racid.

Wants to save and take care of her people.

What makes me really kind of sad is that, with a little bit of revision, Wanderlust could be written just fine without Ichiara at all. I’ve noticed this before, but all the characters and the plot don’t have that dependency on each other that knits them together the way they need to be.

Now for my baddies. My baddies are really, really bad…

Jonathan.

1) What are the goals of this character?

To take over the Northern Atlas with his brothers and then XXXSPOILERSXXX

Kill Racid, that pesky little fly that keeps buzzing around his face.

2) Determine why this character is important.

Because a trinity is the strongest figure, and he makes up a third of the antagonizing force in this book.

The way the triplets seized power over the major countries in the Northern Atlas required three people.

And the byplay between him and Racid is perfect.

3) Is the reader suppose to like or hate this character, and why?

  • Hate him. Definitely hate him. With all the hateness you can hate toward him, hate him.

Because he tortures Racid.

Because he takes Ichiara’s baby away and sends her to Calmoania.

Because he’s an awesome villain.

(Decided to only do one baddie, otherwise this post would be a mile long.)

Now for Dementophobia.

Starring Regillion Deigolo! (Or rather, dragging him out from his closet and onto the stage.)

REGILLION

1) What are the goals of this character?

To keep Nevaeh forever.

To forget about his past and all the hurt that comes with it.

2) Determine why this character is important.

He’s actually kind of the antagonist of the book, or rather, what’s inside of him is. Without him, the book would have no plot. (Please, please, please don’t tell him the whole plot revolves around him…)

3) Is the reader suppose to like or hate this character and why?

  • I didn’t really make him to be likeable or despicable… but everyone seems to love him so I guess he’s likable XD

He has a lot of problems. Idk how that could make him likable but it does.

He’s a jerk.

He’s a brat.

He’s mean(yes, he is. Remember Nevaeh’s broken ankle? Yeah. Mean.)

He’s actually kind of pitiful in a way. In a sweet, prickly way that makes you feel sorry for him and just want to hug him.

He’s scared of his past and how it could affect him, his future, and those he loves//those around him.

Next, Mixed race princess; Nevaeh.

1) What are the goals of this character?

To pry Regillion’s crab shell off of him and help him whether he wants help or not.

He did kidnap her after all, so there’s not much else interesting to do except for unravel him.

He’s a big mystery, in case you haven’t noticed.

2) Determine why this character is important.

Ummm… without her the book would have no plot. (See how this book is tighter woven than Wanderlust? If you take out even one of any of the characters or elements, it’ll fall apart.)

Regillion needs her, whether he wants to admit it or not.

3) Is the reader suppose to like or hate this character and why?

  • LIKE HER NO DUH. (I wuv her, can you tell? XD)

She’s sweet yet stubborn and firm like Regillion is, and not a pushover.

She’s the only person who can and WILL help him.

I was going to do a lot more characters than that, but I think I’ll stop now. Maybe I’ll do another post like this soon. I hope you enjoyed it! I certainly did!

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11 thoughts on “Character goals and reasons.

  1. YOU DIDN’T DO KAYU *cheezity pout* or even Flo…

    A trinity = GALLICA SO TOTALLY GALLICA
    ‘member? One can be deceiving, two can be conspiracy, but three is a number I trust. Or something.

    dude, take a dare?

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