the source of the Main Character's motivation; the source of the Main Character's problems
Every character is driven by something--some deep-seeded problem that defines who they are and motivates their every move.
Main Character Problem
The problems of the generalist stand out upon closer examination.
Complete stories do not share the same structure.
The personal issues of the Main Character reflect issues in the larger world.
A convincing Character Arc consists of two key appreciations of story structure.
Complete stories balance sources of conflict with instances of resolution.
These two disparate films share common thematic elements—and it has nothing to do with the Hero's Journey.
While some contend these two share a similar heroic journey, an understanding of conflict personal to them proves otherwise.
Connecting the Main Character's personal problem with the story's larger problem creates a meaningful and lasting narrative.
The Main Characters of these films possess the same problematic narrative element at the heart of their individual Throughlines.
Backstory forces an Author to consider the justifications that motivate the Main Character.
Understanding why a story works the way it does makes it easier to write one that does.
Authors must find the actual source of inequity within their characters. Anything less is pure conjecture.
The difference between Finn the Stormtrooper and Max the Road Warrior.
Dramatica is more than paint-by-numbers; it's a way of giving order to your thoughts.
Find out the reason why everyone cries out for characters to have wants and needs.
In every Main Character there exists some inequity that is driving him. If the Main Character Changes something in himself at the leap of faith, it is this item, his Problem, which he changes by exchanging it for his Solution. If the Main Character is Steadfast, though, he holds onto his problem, deepening his resolve to keep the same motivations through the end of the story as he had when he began the story.