The heroes set goals both for themselves and for their adventure.  The goals define the type of hero or heroine your character will be and, as mentioned before, the type of hero or heroine they are determines the story.  If your audience emotes with the characters as they set their goals, they will be empathetic with them all the way to the end of the story and beyond.  The heroes will resonate and the opponents will be well rounded and well received.  Goals can be physical, financial, emotional, social, intimate, personal, shared by a group or any other adjective you can think of to allow your characters the best expression of what they would like to achieve.  The greater the goal, the greater the hero or heroine. 

Contributor

Alexander Valdez is a filmmaker and author. He has written A Writer’s Guide to the Hero’s Journey and Screenwriter’s Notebook. He is the founder of the Cinema-Libre Film Movement, a National Merit Scholar and first appeared in the Hollywood Creative Directory in 2002 under Academy Award Winning Producer Al Ruddy and Producer Andre Morgan as a Story Editor. He has served as a Writer’s Guild Writer’s Assistant, is inducted into the Director’s Guild of America and has a hiring contract for the Producer’s Guild of America. He is a point-member in Actor’s Equity Association and also a composer listed to the American Society of Composer and Performers, where at the time or invitation he was the youngest member invited to the union. He has also done voice for Radio to membership in the American Film, Television and Radio Actors, now SAG-AFTRA.

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