Wednesday, 11 July 2012

I'm starting to think that all of my problems can be summed up in three letters: G M C.

I lack GMC not only in my writing, we'll come back to that in a minute, but also in my life. It's not that I don't have goals. On the contrary, I have tons of goals. I have too many irons in the fire. At least that's how my grandma would've described it.

I've looked back over my 2012 Goals and was shamed how few made it past February. I think it's time to have another look at my life and where I want to be. My ADHD has me taking on way too much. It may even be time to cut back on some of my hobbies. Hell, it's not like I have time for hobbies anyway...

Ironically, my characters have the opposite problem. When I am thinking of a story I can see it playing out in my head, but most of the time I can't tell you what the characters are actually trying to achieve. I do manage to figure it out eventually, but it really does hold me back.

The WIP I'm working on for Harlequin is fine, but the magical realism that I am so drawn to is a mess. I know exactly what is going to happen, I even have most of the scenes plotted, but I have no clue what the characters actually want.

It's almost like what I'm writing is a slice of life piece. And it is definitely more plot-driven than character-driven, the problem is I want it to be character-driven.

So I think it's time I found a good book on GMC and started studying. I know there is a great one by Debra Dixon which is simply entitled 'GMC: Goal, Motivation, & Conflict' but I have yet to find it in a store (or better yet on Kindle).

Does anyone know of any others which are particularly helpful?

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  1. You can find the book here:


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