Amping Up GMC (Goal, Motivation, & Conflict)

The last few weeks were horrible.  I lost my writing mojo and I couldn’t figure out why.  I finally realized my heroine’s motivation and conflict were weak.  While her reason for doing what she did was plausible, it seemed far too contrived and really out of character for her.  I needed to put myself in her world and mind to know what would tick her off enough to strike out on her own.  Unfortunately, she wasn’t talking to me.  She must’ve been p.o.ed at me for making her a weak and flighty female.

Monday morning, in that twilight sleep just before fully waking, I clearly saw the crucial motivation and conflict for my heroine.  Now she’s telling me what she’s doing and why.  In fact, she won’t shut up.

If you find yourself stuck and unable to think of the next word, perhaps the stakes aren’t high enough–the conflict’s too simple.  Nothing sparks your imagination like adding a twist of danger and intrigue to motivate your hero/heroine.  Your characters (and readers) will thank you for it.  😉

Lis’Anne

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5 thoughts on “Amping Up GMC (Goal, Motivation, & Conflict)

  1. The ability to see past your writing malaise to the root cause of it is what will separate you from many other aspiring writers. Also, the ability to continue to work through the writing slump, even if you only churn out crap during this phase. Good luck!

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  2. Thanks for the confidence boost! I’ve discovered writing doesn’t get easier if you expect to produce a publishable manuscript. It takes hard work, a willingness to learn from those who’ve gone before, and the ability to discern crap from captivating style and voice (and a gripping tale). 🙂

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