MICE!

  M.I.C.E., found on Williamablan, is a way to categorize character motivations into Money, Ideology, Conscience and Ego. I’ve found that most motivators fall into these categories, and a way to humanize or villainize characters. For instance, money is not a consideration for Voldemort, but he has a strong ideology about killing muggle-borns to isolate the wizarding community from muggles. He hasn’t a conscience and an ego that enables him to feed off the weak. 

 I’ll use my own WIP, Stepdaddy’s Blood to further demonstrate how to use it. I found it helps to understand my characters, so maybe it’ll help others struggling to flesh out their characters. 

Money- Allan is poor and wants to escape poverty, but isn’t looking for profit in this story. Pireto is teacher-poor but is content. Rusalka is well-off, but insecure. 

Ideology- Allan idolizes Sherlock Holmes. (Don’t we all!) She believes in having an adventurous life, a like stimulating both physically and mentally. Pireto is a little lost; his greatest value is family yet he doesn’t know if he’ll have one. He has no great passion, but he wants a little more, something different. Rusalka is conservative minded; everything has to fit in.

Conscience- This is of little factor to Allan, she wants the right thing done, and often ends up doing it, but for other reasons. Pireto has a strong liberal conscience, and often acts as Allan’s conscience when hers is abnormal. He will give a generous amount of chances, but will be strict when it’s called for. Rusalka has a troubled/abnormal conscience; she thinks some bad things are for the good. 

Ego- Allan has a strong, healthy ego. She correctly thinks herself a genius. (Her IQ is in the 150s) Pireto has a weak to no ego; he tends to put others first. Money is a bigger factor to Rusalka, but she thinks she has the right to do some immoral things; herself before others.

Published by TanyX Goffy

I am an author, poet, and playwright. My current WIPs are a doppelganger Dark Academia and sad vampires. I blog about YA LGBTQIAP+ books, with the occasional straight person book for diversity. They/them Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2EVVFTZUX00P0?ref_=wl_share

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