So you’re starting your next screenplay and unsure if your protagonist has a clear goal? What really is a goal and how do you ensure your character has one? In this article, we are talking all about goals in script writing and how you can approach crafting a strong and clear one for your protagonist. Let’s dive right in!
WHAT IS A GOAL?
When we watch a film or television tv show, what we are really watching is a protagonist trying to achieve a goal or solve a problem. This is what creates stakes, obstacles and builds tension. If a protagonist didn’t have a goal, we’d literally have nothing to watch but mundane actions. When crafting your protagonist, it is pertinent that they have a clear, actionable goal. What are we actually watching and seeing the protagonist actively try to achieve?
Below are three easy tips to consider when creating goals for your protagonist.
Want to dive in deeper on how to craft goals? Then check out our #Goals Workbook for Features, Pilots, and Specs.
BOOK A STORY JAM
While there is no goal that is too small, goals have to be strong and clear in order to tell a compelling story. Remember, if we are not actively watching a character’s pursuit of a goal, then the screenplay will lack direction and follow-through. Want to see if your character's goals are clear? Then book a Story Jam with a trained Story Expert to ensure that your story elements are meeting the mark.