GOTE Overview Leave a space or line by each one for a definition.GoalObstacleTacticsExpectation
G is for Goal!What is the goal of the character in the scene? WHAT DO YOU WANT? Often the main characters’ goals clash, causing the dramatic tension in the scene. The main characters could also have the same goal and have another obstacle creating the tension in the scene.
O is for Obstacle!What is the Obstacle that the characters have to surpass? WHY CAN’T YOU HAVE WHAT YOU WANT? Connect to major conflict types: human vs. human, nature, society, machine, or even internal.
T is for Tactics!What tactics do the characters use to try to achieve their goals or overcome their obstacles? WHAT DO YOU DO TO TRY TO GET WHAT YOU WANT?This is how you can create a longer scene that’s still interesting. Switch up the tactics!
E is for Expectation!WHY DO YOU WANT THIS?orWHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? BORED? “RAISE THE STAKES” This adds interest and urgency to your scene. Make it “LIFE OR DEATH”
Protagonist : The audience often will “support” this person. ie: “the hero”
Antagonist : The main character in opposition to the protagonist of a narrative or drama. The audience often will cheer against this person. ie: the “bad guy”