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Your Conflicted Characters

I am blessed to work with many talented authors with great ideas. Recently one of my clients, Renee Andrews,  submitted a wonderful chart outlining her characters’ conflicts. You may have seen similar charts before, but I especially like the way Renee laid hers out:

[Character Name] INTERNAL EXTERNAL
Goal — What?
Motivation — Why?
Conflict — Why not?

Renee is a very successful author at the point in her career where she discusses projects with editors before writing, so I’m not suggesting that new authors should include this chart in formal proposals. What I am suggesting is that this is a good exercise for authors to undertake while plotting out novels.This was repeated for each character. By filling out six boxes for each character, Renee had laid out key elements that will keep readers pursuing her story. I’m sure the exercise had the added benefit of helping Renee get to know her characters better before writing her books.

Of course, this is only the beginning. As authors know, writing any novel takes hard work, perseverance, and talent. But isn’t this a great layout to begin?

Have fun!

Your turn:

Do you have other suggestions on how to lay out your character’s goals, motivation, and conflict?

What resources do you recommend with helping authors with this part of the process?

What is the best conflict you remember seeing in a novel?

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The Trajectory Principle

American culture sends mixed messages. On one hand it tells us that we can be “anything we want to be,” but then if we don’t rise to the top of whatever we pursue it tells us we are failures or at best we should be disappointed in ourselves. There are …

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Why Can’t I Find My New Book in My Local Bookstore?

Some might think this question is silly and antiquated since we know that 100% of all books are sold by Amazon and that no one buys physical books any more, and least of all in physical bookstores. Why? Because there aren’t any more bookstores! They have all closed. Oh wait. …

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Fun Fridays – February 27, 2015

Llamas on the Lloose in Phoenix! Enjoy the Llama Drama, set to very appropriate music. Reminds me a Llittle of that Llost writer at the Llast ACFW conference trying to find their cLlassroom. HT: Trissina Kear

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Dear Abby

In my current stage of life, I find it freeing not to feel compelled to share my opinion about every topic and to defend that opinion to the verbal death. I don’t feel the urge to prove my rightness through verbal sparring. Joy, indeed! In everyday life, a friend may …

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