No, I’m not talking about a car manufacturer. I’m talking about Goal, Motivation and Conflict.
When I edit, I look for these things first. It’s true.
Your book can be the most beautifully-written book in the universe, but if there’s no goal, motivation of conflict, it’s not going to fly with readers. It’s like reading a menu without prices. You sort of crinkle your eyebrows and wonder WTF you’re getting.
Character wants ___ because ___ but ____.
That’s it. Easy-peasy.
Before I write a single word, these three things are fixed in my mind for my main characters. If one of these isn’t strong enough, the story will suffer. For instance:
Mary wants Max to give her another chance because he is her one true love, but their misunderstanding at dinner is stopping them.
Wait–what? A misunderstanding at dinner is nothing. It can be cleared up in a conversation. Let’s try that again.
Mary wants Max to give her another chance because he is her one true love, but he’s gay.
Now THAT is a conflict, folks!
Does your book have the right GMC cocktail?