Give Them Some Wants

Ask yourself this: what do my characters want? Not just your main character, which is a huge ginormous duh. You know, the other guys running around in your world.

Recently I watched a very funny BBC sitcom called ‘Whites’ which features a dysfunctional kitchen crew in a high-end eatery. In this show, every character has wants:

  • Roland wants Caroline
  • Bibs wants a baby
  • Skoose wants Bib’s job
  • Kiki wants Skoose
  • Caroline want slacker Roland to work harder and be more open-minded with his menu
  • Celia want Roland

Some of these are big wants, some are small wants. But they all want something.  It’s a great way to add definition to your characters: give them some wants.

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