How do we even begin a craft a good story? Now I know well that some of you are "plotters" and some of you are "seat-of-the-pants" writers, and there are benefits to both styles, but this is something everyone should and CAN do. Even us "seat-of-the-pants" people can manage this.
Make your own version of this and tack it up on your computer so you never forget as you begin your opening scene:
CHARACTER'S NAME: _______________________________
What is their exterior GOAL:
What is their interior GOAL:
What is their exterior MOTIVATION:
What is their interior MOTIVATION:
What will get in their way:
If you can fill out this simple chart, you will be on your way to writing an awesome story.