Main Character Focus

where the Main Character believes the problem to be; where the Main Character's attention is focused

Practical Usage

All Main Characters have a Problem. This Problem motivates them and drives them to do all kinds of different things that create problems for themselves. But they don't do anything about this Problem, because they don't see it--they are too busy focusing their attention on the symptom of the problem instead. It is only towards the end of a narrative that they can finally see the difference between the two. At that point they will make the decision to maintain their focus, or attack the problem directly.


When a Main Character is at odds with his surroundings, a problem exists between himself and his environment. The actual nature of this gap between Main Character and environment is described by the Problem Element. The nature of what is required to restore balance is described by the Solution Element. This is the Objective Story view of the problem. The Main Character, however, is not privy to that view and must work from his personal view instead. From his personal view, the problem does not appear to be between the himself and the environment but wholly in one or the other. Sometimes a Main Character is a Do-er" type and will perceive and first try to solve the problem in the environment. Other times a Main Character is a "Be-er" who will first try to solve the problem by adapting to the environment. A "Do-er" focuses the problem in the environment; a "Be-er" focuses the problem in himself. The Symptom Element describes the nature of how the problem appears to the Main Character when he places it wholly in one area or the other. "