What types of goals can a story have? Today I present six of the most common and clear objectives. Because if you don’t have a clear purpose in your story, you’ll lose in writing and your readers will abandon reading. I mean, we all lose. And we don’t want this, do we?
On this time you’ll learn:
- The most common and effective goals for storytelling.
- Examples to put them into practice and not make your story boring.
Six goals are very clear in the most successful films, and why I mean the movies if I want to make comics? Because they are not only the most immediate way to consume a story but are composed of structures well studied to make them effective, entertaining but above all, clear. (That they’re good or bad is another story).
And here are the six goals I suggest you take into account for your story:
Escape: Escape any threat or any danger that endangers the mental or physical life of your character or characters.
Triumph: It has a huge spectrum to triumph in something, and this can be from: a career, a job, a battle, a love conquest, to reach a place, prove the truth, and more.
Stop: One of the most common goals is to stop something that is in progress. Whether it’s a killer, preventing a disaster, an experiment, a revelation, and so on. In my case, Sarah, the protagonist of my new comic LIVE FOREVER, has to stop the propagation and exploitation of the formula of eternal life.
Extract: Reclaim something of value and bring it with you, be it a person, an animal or a thing. Rescues, impossible missions, situations that present great difficulty and many challenges.
Deliver: Just like the previous one but focusing on something that does not belong to the protagonist or someone who has no direct relationship with him or her, but has the task of obtaining it and deliver it at all costs.
Discover: Whether it’s a place, mystery or a lie. Pirates, explorers, adventurers, dreamers, well, the goal is to discover something.
You may find yourself at the point where you haven’t yet achieved something satisfactory for your story. Or perhaps you already have something that you like, but you can fine-tune it with this and confirm if the purpose of your characters is clear. Then make sure it’s, choose one of them or more and apply them in the development of your story. This is only a part to develop it, because there are other details to take into account, such as the structure of which I will speak later in a course in which I’m working on. There I will delve deeper into the subject in a clear and easy way to understand it.
And don’t worry, let the story flow and watch the structured little by little. Just remember this’s only to awaken your intuition and creativity, so don’t limit yourself.
The next topic I’ll talk about is “How to organize my project?” Stay tuned!
And if you think this information can help others, share it! One of the payments I can have is the satisfaction of seeing someone create with my teachings.