Wishes can drive a story. Within the first few paragraphs of the narrative, the Human hero of The Dragon Universe: The Fellowship wishes to get away from the depravity that is Human society. Something grants him his wish, but what he receives in its place may be worse.
I have been exploring concepts regarding how wishes, spoken or unspoken, often drive stories. I find wishes all through the story I am telling. The wishes shift and change over the course of the story, but wishes are always at the root of the characters’ motivations.
Of course, wishes alone lead nowhere. One must have the will to do what it takes to make real one’s wishes.
This applies not only to stories, but to real-life as well.