You have to keep your characters busy if you want to write a novel. You have to give them a crisis, a reason to overcome it, and a way out.
Once you have decided on an appropriate inciting moment caused by a worthy antagonist, you have to decide what your protagonist is going to do about it. Your protagonist has to set a goal that he or she believes will solve the crisis. The protagonist’s goal is known as the story goal. This goal is the foundation of your plot.
Characters must have physical story goals.
to get something physical
to cause something physical
to escape something physical
to resolve something physical
to survive something physical
© Amanda Patterson
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