As I continue to flounder through my current Work In Progress (WIP), I am looking for ways to make the process come together more quickly. Another author with my publishing house, Peggy Jaeger, recommended Goal, Motivation, and Conflict By Debra Dixon. I’ve read through it quickly once, but now I am going back through and doing what the book told me to do. That means I am doing homework! It’s been many years since I’ve been in school, so homework is a bit of a foreign concept to me at the moment. There’s also that whole “old dogs, new tricks” thing that plagues many of us over the age of 50. I am no exception.
I originally checked the book out from the library, because I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to spend money on or not. That first read showed potential, so I found a used copy online and bought it. It’s been a few years since the book was published (1996), and although it’s still in print, used copies are going for almost the same price as brand new. Still, if it helps me get to my goal (writing a second novel) it will be money well-spent.
And so far, the homework seems manageable, and sort of fun. Today, I will be watching the The Wizard of Oz, which was assigned in the first chapter. So, before I can move on (I just finished chapter 2), I need to watch that movie. There are others on the list, but it is well-known that I am not a movie/television person, so I’m not sure I’ll get through the rest of the list. I hate losing an evening or sunny afternoon to a movie, even an entertaining one. My German, semi-rural upbringing makes it virtually impossible for me to sit still doing “nothing” unless it is productive. If I’m sitting and writing, that’s productive. But sitting and watching a 2 hour movie is not productive. I cannot fathom how people can spend an afternoon or day or weekend binge-watching some popular television series, unless they are bedridden with illness or injury. It is a foreign concept to me. I do watch sports mostly football and baseball), but it’s always while I’m doing something else – working on a craft project or quilt, cleaning house, folding laundry, etc. I’m sure I’m not alone in that.
Anyway, back to the homework. I have seen The Wizard of Oz many times. Probably at least ten times. But it has been at least a dozen years since I’ve seen it, and I’m sure there are parts I have forgotten, and will need to know in order to do the homework in GMC. So I will sacrifice part of a sunny afternoon today to watch a movie, instead of doing something outdoors, or finishing the weekend chores.
Have you read Goal, Motivation, and Conflict? What do you think of the process, and have you used some of the process (or all of it?) to write any of your novels? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Fairest of the Faire – available now!
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.
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