Not surprisingly, I’m in a coffee shop. The Starbucks at University Village, to be exact. Gee – I must be working on my novel again! LOL…

If you’ve ever worked on a long term writing project, you know that a daily commitment to the work is the hardest part of the whole process. So, tossing my kid out of the car – friend in tow – and telling them I’ll meet up with them in a few hours is…well…to be expected!

Today, I am reviewing Chapter Two: Goal, Motivation, Conflict, otherwise known as “The GMC.” These three will seriously kick your writer’s ass, but without them…you’ve got no story. So, here we go!

Each character needs two goals: Internal (I) and External (E)
(I) = Feelings & Emotions. Not quantifiable, but clearly recognizable. Most important G.
(E)= This is the “story question” of each character. The dilemma or desired outcome that will hopefully keep your reader up at night, flipping pages into the wee hours. Must be tangible.

“The why behind the why…”
– The motivation informs the goal, in other words. The goal is “why” the character is doing this or that, and the motivation is “why” the character gives a damn!
– This is where the author can ensure that the GOAL is believable and understandable.
– In other words, the motivation justifies the goal.

In short, once you’ve established the goal and the motivation for the goal, do everything you can to stop the character from achieving that goal! Yes, everything. Why? Because once the character achieves her goal, the story is over.

I hope this helped you, as much as it helped me. And now, I’ll leave you all for today…as my characters (and a steaming mug of White Youthberry tea) await me. Hmmm. What does Jane Stanford’s ghost want, and why…..?

Oh! Every once in awhile, I’ll share a cool blog or website that I’ve found. Today, I’d like to share this one.