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An Explicit Mission and Opposition

Posted by LEKokko on February 12, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Chapter 3 An Explicit Mission and Opposition

Know your character, what he wants and why. Tell him no to what he wants – make it hard to obtain.

Character Goals

As mentioned before, there are two types of conflict; internal and external. A goal is a mission.

• Possession of.

• Relief from.

• Revenge for something.

There should be short and long-term goals. The short-term goals are stepping stones in achieving the long-term goals.

Set Concrete and Explicit goals.

Conflict is opposition to a character’s goal(s). External conflicts are easy to identify. The internal conflicts come from who she is as a person.

After your main characters have been established, create secondary characters and antagonists. What are their flaws and strengths? The antagonist needs motivation just like the protagonist. Your main character is only as strong as the antagonist and oppositions they encounter.

Conflict spawns Motivation for the Character’s next Decision and New Goal.

Conflict requires decisive action. When a character’s goal changes, the middle of the story will stay strong. Conflict needs to become more challenging, forcing the main character to reevaluate his goals. A way to increase opposition is when the protagonist gains new information.

 

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