It’s a question that boggles a lot of writers because character motivation can both define and reveal who your character is. Characters have the power to drive stories, and understanding them is often the crux of writing a good plot. So, how do you figure it out?
That depends on what instrument(s) your character plays. The only thing I have on musicians is this post on pianists, but here are some traits of musicians:
- Ability to play the basics of another instrument within their group (strings, percussion, etc.)
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Experienced musicians may be able to tell the key of a song or they may be able to learn how to play a song by ear
- Experienced musicians can tune instruments by ear
- String musicians have calluses on the tips of their fingers
- Musicians who use their fingers a lot can stretch their hands more than the average person
- Experienced musicians practice songs in sections while amateur musicians try to practice by playing it the whole way through
- Those who know scales in different keys can improvise a solo for any song and make it sound good, if they know the key of the song
Write about a relationship between two people who epitomize the left and right brain characteristics. Do they get along, or do they get frustrated with each other’s approaches at life? Maybe they solve crimes, teach, or go bowling. Focus on their characterization.
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