First off, a humongous thank you to Quinn over at Seeing, Dreaming, Writing for the lovely Irrisistable Blog Award. It's so purty! And I'm equally flattered. Check out his blog and his wicked cool Halloween fingernails if you haven't already.
Nanners, you ask? Yes, as in NaNoWriMo .... THE event that the writer blogosphere has been talking about for the past two months. In three days time writers around the globe will be hunkering down to pound out 50k words. I can feel the excitement. Okay, so it's kinda weird to anyone who isn't a writer. My hubby thinks I'm crazy that it even sounds fun to me. Must be a writer thing.
Last night I stumbled upon a blog that mentioned GMC. What is GMC?
Here's the basic formula: Character wants Goal because Motivation but Conflict.
If you can figure out that, you've got your logline and your hook. And probably a great first sentence for a query.
I spent a good while trying to come up with the GMC for my NaNo story. The logline was no prob. But the graph had me thinking away and really considering what my internal and external motivations and conficts are.
I've already got my chapter outline and character sketches and I'm ready to go. But when you have to break it down into this GMC formula, it can get a little tricky. It should be cut and dry, but I've got all these subplots tangling their way into the main plot thread.
I'm guessing if you can keep the GMC in mind while you're writing your first draft, you can keep yourself on track with the story and prevent too much deviations. I foresee going WAY over 50k words, but I love the numerical goal. Keeps it in line with something to work toward.
Anyway, here's the link to Adventures in Children's Publishing. It's the must-read post on GMC, complete with graph that I recommend writers use for every future story. It applies to any writer, not just kid lit.
That's my bit of advice for my fellow Nanners as they fill up their coffee cups and rev their creative engines. What about you? Any last minute helpful tidbits to add (besides showering at least once a week?)
lay'em on me.... I'm ready to rock-n-roll!