DSC_0167-1A common mistake in a lot of rough drafts is the problem of the inactive hero.  It’s often hard to spot, especially if you’ve done everything else right.

You’ve gone out of your way to thoroughly plot your screenplay; every beat moves the story forward.  But somehow you forgot to inform your lead.

He is being dragged through the story, showing up when he’s supposed to but for no reason.  Your hero seems unmotivated, his goal vague, the driving force that should be guiding him is MIA.

Does this describe your hero?

Well if so, you’ve got to fix it, because if there’s one thing we know it’s the truism that: The hero must be proactive.  It’s The Law.  If he’s not, he’s not a hero.