Welcome to Day 7 of the A to Z Challenge
Many bloggers have chosen a theme for the A to Z. My pledge since becoming a blogger is to post about writing, so for this event, I will being posting about what I've learned about writing a novel.
G is for Goal: the result or achievement towards which effort is directed: aim; end. (Dictionary.com)
Let’s face it, the entire purpose of a novel is for the protagonist to attain his goal, his objective. In fact, The Quest is one of the most widely used plot patterns in fiction. The goal is what the protagonist most desires and cares about, a driving force that motivates him, keeps him committed and moving forward.
Every protagonist needs one, whether it’s a dream, a longing, an ambition, or an obligation. His goal mobilizes him beyond the barriers that bind the rest of us. It is the vehicle that brings about change, that results in the lead becoming a different person, most often a better person, which, in the end, is the whole point of the story.
In my novel, the main character is, at first, driven to free his brother from the influence of the Russian Mafia, which he is unable to do. After his wife is killed, he is driven by the need for revenge, which in turn, allows him to attain his first goal and free his brother. When this need pushes him to do what he otherwise would never think of doing, he changes, as does his goal. Now he needs to make amends for the wrongs he has committed.
When you start out writing, does your protagonist have a clear goal or is that something that evolves as the story unfolds?