It seems a lot of my scripts revolve around a character’s inner struggle and their inner demons creating destructive physical reactions (acting out). My question is: What if the main character’s motivation is finding their way because they are lost? Isn’t this a purely mental obstacle?
I know you say to make these obstacles physical and simple but this is the complete opposite. Any help would be appreciated.
Staten Island, NY
Write a book. Or a song. Or a poem.
Sure, many great movies feature characters struggling against their demons, or attempting to find themselves. But it’s invariably played as subtext against a more external conflict — the one that actually drives the plot. You need to be able to point the camera at something.
There’s nothing wrong with internal struggle. Just pick a medium that can handle it.