Are Your Wants Leading You To Your Needs?

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It is a principle of storytelling in the scriptwriting world that every hero has both an outer want and an inner need.

The hero’s initial quest pursues their outer want: they want to get the girl, get rich, lock up the bad guy and restore peace in the world.

But the audience, wise as we are, knows that this thing they’re after is not what they really need.