The question came up in our critique group.
What is motivation?
Is it enough for a character to want things to return to normal? Is that a strong enough motivation for a novel? Or just to survive?
What are your thoughts?
And what about changing motivation? New motivations are introduced at different points throughout the novel. After the call to action, a new motivation may come along. After passing through a doorway of no return there will be a new driving force for the main character. So should the motivation be known from the very start?
This discussion came up because in our group this week, we're doing our exercise - Novel premise, character motivation/desire/weakness/conflict, first page analysis.
So any thoughts you may have will help!
Saturday I had the pleasure of getting signed copies of these two fab books by April Lurie.
April was at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble with her daughter (in picture) for the signing. I got there early, so the only two other people I knew were Greg and Cynthia Leitich Smith. Cynthia mentioned people wanting to move to Austin for the strong writing community. Yes! Please do! Our community rocks!
On a final, fun note for today, want to buy a castle? If you're willing to move to Philipsburg, PA and finish construction, this nice little structure could be yours for the right price. It does look tempting, doesn't it.