I can't take credit for this template, though. The wonderful Leisha Maw taught this at a League of Utah Writer's meeting a year ago. So, here goes.
When you're trying to kick out your plot, each of your characters (the main ones, anyway) should have two major Objects of Desire, or OODs. They should have one tangible OOD and one intangible one. The tangible OOD is what they are actually doing in the story. The intangible one is more of a general statement about the character--what do they want out of life or overall?
As with math problems, this will be made easier by examples. Let's take Frodo Baggins. ('Cause most people are fairly familiar with The Lord of the Rings in one format or another, whether they admit it or not.)
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What about his intangible OOD? What does Frodo want out of life? What's his endgame? Now, granted, you can come up with something like 'happiness,' but this is a little vague. It should be more specific to the character and story/world. In Frodo's case, he wants the Shire to have peace, and he wants to grow old there. So, his tangible OOD is fueled by his intangible one. He's taking the ring to Mordor because he knows if Sauron gets it, there will be no peace in the Shire or anywhere else.
It's a good exercise to go through your favorite books and stories (the ones you KNOW have awesome plots) and try to pinpoint the character's OODs.
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If you feel like your story has any holes in it, try figuring these things out. You'll be amazed how much clarity your manuscript will suddenly have! :D
P.S. I don't know why the HP picture is randomly in French. Didn't realize it until after I pasted! Oh well. I guess great plotting holds true in France, too! :D