You might have heard of Debra Dixon’s GMC – Goal, Motivation, Conflict. It’s a basic principle for plotting and character development.
Let’s start with goal.
Every character, especially the main characters, needs a goal. A character who doesn’t want anything would be pretty boring. What a character wants tells us a lot about who she is and it will also drive the plot, because the protagonist will take active steps, trying to reach her goal.
Your antagonist needs a goal too. He or she shouldn’t be act because he’s “bad,” but because his or her goals bring him in conflict with the protagonist. More about conflict in a later post.
That goal needs to be:
In Second Nature, Griffin wants to protect the shape-shifters, while Jorie wants to get her book published.
You can read more on goals and motivation in my other writing tips.
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