Check out this great post from Kristina Stanley’s blog on the two types of character goals.
A character goal is what a character wants. She should want it so badly that your readers feel her need in their guts.
The Point of View (POV) goal is what the POV character of a scene wants.
Whether you write from a single POV for the entire novel or from multiple points of view, it’s important to know what the POV character is trying to achieve in each scene.
Internal and External Goals
An external goal is the goal a character shows the world.
In a fantasy novel, that might be to find a magic object. The reader and other characters in the novel are aware of the goal. The antagonist(s) will try to make the character fail.
An internal goal is a character goal that the other characters in the scene are not aware of.
For example, a character may have a goal of stealing a jewel from a…
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