*This is an expanded edition of my guest blog post to Southern Writer’s Magazine on December 14, 2016. Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears Before becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I taught fifth-grade students to analyze writing. I hadn’t given much thought to applying what I taught to my own writing until… Continue reading WCW: Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears
Are you new to the writing scene? Maybe you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’ve even attempted it or completed it. Maybe you are just even wondering what this crazy abbreviate even means. Well, today my goal is to teach you what it is, give some ideas on how to prepare, and to create/share NaNoWriMo goals.… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo Top Ten
Would you want to read a story where a character gets everything they want without any trouble? Of course not! In fact, the worse the conflict, the better the story. So what are you waiting for? Make some trouble.
Last week we took an In-depth Look at Character Goals. This week we will examine the why of external and internal goals. At the end of the post you will find application questions to guide you on your way. What is Motivation? Goal and motivation co-exist. You cannot have one without the other.… Continue reading Character Motivation – Answering Why
In a continuation of our look at GMC (Goal, Motivation, & Conflict), today I am focusing on an in-depth look at character goals. At the end, I will leave you with some guiding questions to help you develop your own character goals. Last week we defined a goal as answering two questions. What does… Continue reading An In-depth Look at Character Goals
The first step to developing a novel beyond the initial concept is to develop your GMC. If you are a newbie like me, you might not know what those three letters represent. Let me share what I have learned. What is GMC? GMC stands for Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. These three concepts are developed around your… Continue reading What is GMC?