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In filling out the standard Character Emotional Plot Information (see **below), writers who write in the mystery genre invariably list the character goal as solving the mystery. Writers who write in the romance genre invariable list the character goal as finding love or to get the guy. This is fine.
However, to create more complexity to your plot, you may want to give the protagonist an additional goal(s) as well.
The protagonist has a life, and thus, goal, before the mystery hits or before the love interest arrives on scene. In other words, the protagonist has a goal before the story itself begins. Identify that goal and you create an additional plot line in the story. Create a personal goal that conflicts with the solving of the mystery goal or the getting the guy = added drama.
**Character Emotional Plot Information
1. What is this character's goal?
2. What stands in the way of the character achieving his/her goal?
3. What does the character stand to lose if he/she does not achieve his/her goal?
4. What is the character's flaw or greatest fault?
5. What is the character's greatest strength?
6. What does the character hate?
7. What does the character love?
8. What is the character's greatest fear?
9. What is the character's dream?
10. What is the character's secret?
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In the End -- the final 1/4 of the entire page or scene count, the protagonist still has foes to confront and overcome. Only now, she is armed with a new understanding of herself. For the first time, her goal is within reach.
The Climax at the end serves as the light at the end of the tunnel. The protagonist moves toward the light -- one step forward toward the ultimate transformation, three steps back, a fight for a couple of steps, being beat backwards.
The Climax is the crowning glory of the entire project. The Climax is where protagonist "shows" in scene her acting in a transformed way -- in a way she could not have acted in any other part of the story because she first needed to experience everything she does in the book to get to the final stage.
The Climax spotlights the character in full transformation demonstrating the necessary new skill or personality, gift or action.
Ask yourself what scene will most dramatically show her demonstrating her transformed self?