Think of your story as someone does something because.
You should always be able to sum it up in that skeleton, fleshing it out as your story develops:
• Some guy starts a school in India because it’s a good thing to do.
• Sam Singh starts a school in India because he’s from there and wants to help the
• Sam Singh, a retired top executive for Dupont Corporation, founds a revolutionary vocational school for girls in rural India because he sees the need for development in rural communities in a country where the elite and the “technological class” are moving fast and growing rapidly, often leaving the people – and potential – of rural communities behind.
(Tip from Common Language Project)