It's worth pointing out that goals aren't always in conflict. 

Often people and characters are aligned, and that's how we get cooperation.

Cooperation is super important; without cooperation we wouldn't get anything done!

Here's an example of two people cooperating:

Slightly off topic, really, but I just remembered that an Aboriginal woman used to hang around the Preston supermarket when I lived there, and she would ask people for money, but she used to call me 'sis', so I would give her coins even though I could not afford to, because it made me happy to be recognised for who I am, but also because I wanted to help her.

  • We have one person who wants money.
  • And another person who wants both recognition and to give money (even though she can't afford it, which is a dilemma!).
  • Since the first person can also give that recognition, their goals are aligned and they can help each other get what they want.

I phoned ahead to the clinic and when we arrived there was a vet waiting at the door, holding it open so we could walk straight inside. "Where'd you carry that from?" she asked. I told her Pelham Bay Park and said I just wanted to see the goose get better. "He will," she said. "You come on through to the back."

The trees ahead burst into flames. They were trapped. Jarret called out but his voice was lost in the roar of the superheated wind. Monica knew what he meant. Their only hope was to lie down and let the fire pass over. She dumped her pack, pulled her fire tent, and she saw the rest of the crew doing the same. They shook out foil sheets that glinted in the inferno, and then covered themselves on the ground.

This one is so easy!

Think of what your primary character could want, and put them with a secondary character who wants the same thing.

After all this conflict and stress, a bit of cooperation is a relief!

Write a moment in which characters with aligned goals cooperate.

Holy moly, we've covered a lot in this lesson. It might be time to wrap up with a checkpoint piece!