By: Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy
This week's Refresher Friday takes an updated look at the importance of character goals and how to find the right ones for your characters.
I've talked before about a few key elements in plotting, and one of them was
c haracters . Characters drive
plot, because they want something badly enough to act to get it.
What they choose to do is going to create the plot. Why they choose to do it will create the stakes. Together, characters, stakes, and plot make readers want to read on. I've found understanding the why make it's a whole lot easier to figure out the what.
At the start of a scene, the character will be facing a problem. It might be the core of the story idea, or the first in a long line of things planned to resolve that conflict. They'll be facing a choice about that problem, because what they
to advance the plot, and choices are a
great way to do that. do needs
Look at your problem and your character and ask, "How would they react to this problem?" Gut instinct reaction.
What do they do?
They'll what to do based on how you designed them as a character (who they are and what their
Then it's another character's turn to act, based on what the first character does (action and reaction). Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
How do you decide what that character does in the first place?
Whatever will advance the story and raise the stakes.
And this is why talking about
Can you make the character do something they don't want to do?
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