The audience actually wants to work for their meal. They just don’t want to know that they’re doing that.
A character has an itch that it can’t scratch. A spine.
Change is fundamental in a story.
A brilliant TED Talk by Andrew Stanton (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”), director and voice actor at Pixar:
What kind of stories do you love?
What kind of stories do you usually tell?
What kind of stories do you want to tell?
A story without change isn’t really a story, but there are changes and, then, there are Changes. For me, a good story is the one that makes me ask myself things about my life, the way I navigate it and the world around.
What about you?