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EDIT ME — GMC

quote mark

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?

Thanks for reading,

Em~

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