Elaboration of Motive

The most important tool that will help your audience believe in your characters is elaboration of motive. If you don’t tell your audience what a character’s motives are, the audience will assume the obvious motive: a simple, single motive, a naked archetype or a cliché. To make characters more believable, more real, we give them more complex, even contradictory motives, and we justify them better. In the heroic fantasy film Conan the Barbarian, young Conan’s mother is killed before his … Learn More →