Having clear goals (what your characters want), motivation (why they want it) and conflict (the obstacles they will face to prevent them getting it) are essential for any story. Each element relies on the other and you need to be able to define them for the reader. Goals, motivation and conflict can come from internal (the character’s own beliefs) or external (forces outside of the character’s control) sources. Internal forces stem from moral beliefs or upbringing and keep your characters apart.
Goals are what make the reader cheer the character on, so they have to be easily identifiable and understood by the reader. The goal has to be worth the risk of going against personal beliefs to pursue it, and the failure to reach it should have serious consequences. The goal must be urgent
and don’t give your character any opportunity to back away from it. There should be internal and external goals. It isn't enough for the character to want to make bucket loads of money, he must also need the money to pay off someone else's debt, save a life, etc. Small goals drive the action of
the book toward the ultimate goal.
Goals, motivation and conflict are essential elements of any great story and rely on one another. You need to be clear about what your characters want, why they want it and the obstacles they will face to prevent them from getting it, so that you can define them for the reader.
All characters need goals, the motivation to achieve them and conflict to make the journey