Dear Readers, It’s the last Sunday of the month, which means that it’s time for one of our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. This month, Samanthya Wyatt is here to inspire us with some thoughts on goal, motivation and conflict, otherwise known as GMC. Take it away, Samanthya!
Goal, Motivation & Conflict~ By Samanthya Wyatt I must admit, when I started writing I had no idea what GMC meant. So I took a workshop and learned that if you want to write a story and you want to be published, your story must have GMC or you’re sunk. GMC brings your characters to life, makes them real, and moves the story forward. The more you know your characters, the more memorable they become. My goal has always been to bring the reader into the story and get them involved with the characters. GMC is the key. Each major character has their own goal, their own motivation, and usually resolving a conflict is what brings the hero and heroine to a satisfying conclusion. What are these three things?
- Goal is your character’s call to adventure. What the character wants. What most characters will do anything to get. Did you know there are internal and external goals?
- Motivation will drive the hero or heroine to achieve their goal. Why are they so desperate? Why do they want what they cannot have? The more you know about your character’s motivation, the deeper you can relate that into your story.
- Conflict will make the goal seem impossible. What keeps the characters from obtaining their goal.