Let's start with the bottom line: without characters, you don't have a story, theme, plot or marketable script.
Movies about inanimate objects remaining inanimate, meaning without character, just don't get made because you need characters through whom to tell your story.
But not just any characters. You need characters who need or want something; who have clear goals. If your protagonist hero doesn't have clear goals, your script has a serious problem.
If you want to sell a script, your reader needs to know who, what and why. Who's the protagonist? What is his or her goal? And why does he or she need to accomplish the goal?
Without clear goals for each of your characters, your script will never be made.
Here are 5 danger signs that indicate your main characters lack a clear goal:
1--You're having a hard time knowing what your next scene should be.
2--Your story suffers from repeat beats and too much expositional dialogue.
3--Your characters are floating through the narrative without a clear resolution.
4--Your story feels stuck.
5--You have no idea how to get through your 3rd act and finish the script.
So how do you create clear goals for your characters? Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Come back next week for The Secret to Writing Active Characters Part II, and learn exactly how to write compelling, active characters with clear goals.