Do Superheroes Ever Have This Problem? Finding Your Character’s Motivation

By Seth Singleton

Getting up in the morning is hard enough without trying to save the world.
Getting up just to save the world does not sound like a good enough reason.
What reasons do your characters have for getting up? 

Why do most of us get up?

Turns out, it depends on who you are and what matters to you.

Usually, it is for an obligation like work or family. Like any responsibility, it can be hard to find the inspiration to get started.

What is Motivation?

Heroes Face Hard Decisions

Are heroes chosen?
Or, do the choices made by ordinary people define a hero?

There is a recurring argument in storytelling.

One side claims that something or someone decides who becomes a hero.

The other side claims that a hero is an ordinary person who takes action, and chooses to be heroic.

Two writers are using a comic book character, and his universe, to further the argument that heroes are not chosen.

Don’t Forget To Tie Your Tie

Editor’s Note — This is the first in a series about things that my father taught me and continues to teach me.
December 24 is his birthday and I thought this was an appropriate way to celebrate him.
Additional stories may include values observed in other fathers, popular stories about dads and more.

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