Motivating Action

In most ways, the process is still the same, but I have such a sense of accomplishment. Sometimes I get hung up on a detail: how can I get “X” to happen–where is the character motivation, or where is the drama to drive the scene? But an analysis: what does each character want? Whose POV can have the most impact? Who is in most conflict with each other? and I seem to be able to unerringly come up with a solution, often an elegant one that re-uses previous conflicts or characters or incidents, and that ties the whole more firmly together.

At one point, I thought: I can make this happen through coincidence or through magic, but I wanted something more organic. I was able to analyse what everyone wanted and find a character to drive the action because it was real/important to him that events be pushed that way. Felt good.

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