A Desire is something essential for which your MC has an intense need to obtain. It creates a sense of resolve deep inside her to sacrifice less important things in exchange for something much better. When your MC has a Desire that is powerful enough to motivate her to embark on a difficult and often perilous journey, you have a story that needs to be told.

We can visualize the concept of Desire in a diagram. Your MC’s location at the beginning of the story is at Point A and her Desire is at Point B. Since she wants what is at Point B, she must sacrifice her comforts and resources at Point A and embark on a journey that usually makes her life much more difficult for a time before it can begin to get better.

Synonyms for Desire

  • Hope
  • Need
  • Goal
  • Aspiration
  • Objective
  • Destination

Here are some examples of Desires your MC might have (besides embarking on a physical journey to a Desired Destination):

  • Feel valued
  • Get fit or obtain master-level skills
  • Marry the prince
  • Save a loved one
  • Save the world