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, Continue reading

Developing Character Characteristics

This is probably one of the most difficult things for me to do. In the past I’d simply start writing and the characters came to life, the plot  magically developed, and the story came together without any effort.  I wrote without focusing on any single element I’ve since been taught must be a part of a writer’s checklist. Continue reading