Failure will make your point of view character human. Failure will add tension to your scene. Failure drives your character and your story forward.
What is the goal?
The reader should understand early in each scene what the POV character’s goal is.
How Serious Is The Goal?
In each scene, the POV character may or may not reach the goal. As a writer, even if the character reaches the goal, you need to understand what’s at stake if he doesn’t. If there isn’t much at stake, there won’t be enough tension in the scene.
If the character’s goal is to have a cup of coffee and he doesn’t get it, will the reader care? Probably not. But what if he wants a cup of coffee, and there is poison in the coffee? Now there is a lot a stake — his life — and the tension just ratcheted up a notch.
To Fail or Succeed?
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