I am using today's blog as a place to vent...grrr!!!
I am just starting book number 10 - yes, 10. You'd think after penning that many 70,000 + word books, a little thing like Goal, Motivation and Conflict would be established in my mind. Not a problem to face each and every time I start a new story...that's what you'd think. WRONG!!
Today, I am attempting to come up with the GMC for book ten but also go back to the drawing board with book nine - which my agent is expecting to be delivered and polished to within an inch of its life by Feb 1st. Hmm...
Why has this problem arisen with book nine now, I hear you ask.
It all started yesterday when my wonderful critique partner mentioned two points - 1) one of my characters made a decision that felt completely unnatural and 2) she's worried I'm relying too much on external conflict which means my internal is weak.
Ouch!!! But she's right. The more I read the chapter she was referring to, the more I think about the entire book...her points are entirely valid. :(
So, back to the drawing board on not one, but two books - any tips? I'd love to hear how you plan your books, deal with GMC and ensure you internal conflicts are driving the story. I am trying not to have a panic attack at this stage of book nine...help me!!