Objective Story Problem

the source of the Objective Story's problems

Practical Usage

This is it. The whole reason why all the characters in a story come into conflict with another. The Objective Story Problem begins with the initial Story Driver and continues until someone resolves it with the Objective Story Solution. Discover this Problem and your story will never falter for a lack of drive. Objective Story points are boring to describe because they're objective and devoid of emotion. That's a good thing--no place for feelings in objectivity.


Of all the Elements, there is a single one that describes the essence of the story's problem. The inclusion of this element in an Objective Story Character identifies him as the Main or Impact Character. This is because it makes that character the only one who can solve both the Overall and Relationship problems in a single stroke by addressing the problem (changing).