Tuesday, December 19, 2023

3T Writing Tidbit

We're delving into another of the three elements of story: character. (The three elements being character, setting, and plot 😄) I'm not going in any special order with these. 

Last month we built a character starting with an archetype. The last piece was Goal, Motivation, Conflict, a huge subject in its own right.

So let's put it in a nutshell, shall we?




Just fill that in and you're good to go!

Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits

Okay, maybe it needs just a little more 🙂. How about an example?

Here's my matrix for Kat in Night's Kiss. I switched the headings because to me, the internal goal is the underlying "why" for the external goal. External goal why? Because internal goal.

NAME:Kat Kean 
GOALKill all vampires, especially King Vamp.
Fight back against the evil suckers.
MOTIVERevenge against the suckers who killed her parents and traumatized her sister.
Never feel helpless again.
CONFLICTKing Vamp is hard to kill and harder to find.
She's falling in love with a vampire.


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