Define your goals.
Fictional characters are a lot like real people. You need to keep them busy.
One of the first things I teach writers is that characters need a story goal. A physical, tangible story goal. Once a writer understands this, the intangible goals drop into place.
For example, a character who wants to ‘find’ himself is boring. Imagine the internal monologue of that character obsessing about his destiny? However, a character who lands in a physically challenging situation with obstacles, and wins, will find himself.
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