Can I start by mentioning this awesome review for THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD (available for pre-order, btw) at Becky's Book Reviews?
Okay, I was thrilled with her awesome review for THE EMERALD TABLET, but now I'm doubly thrilled with this one for book 2.
My favorite line from the review:
"I loved the use of mythology. I loved the adventure. I loved the humor. And most of all I loved the time travel."
Sweet! Oh yeah, did I mention THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD has time travel?
Anyway, on to motivation.
So here's my thought for the week.
Sometimes it's hard to decide what a character's motivation is. We have a story and let's just use a generic example for the sake of this blog post.
Evil vampire drops in out of nowhere and starts chasing a girl, trying to turn her into a vampire. She does not want to be turned into a vampire. She runs away and tries to escape from evil vampire.
So what is her motivation?
Is it to escape from the evil vampire? Or not.
This came up at my writing workshop this past weekend, and I heard a really interesting theory on this which was:
The girl's motivation is whatever it was before the vampire came along. The story is about the girl. Who she is. What she wanted in life. Then the vampire came along and kind of changed things a bit, added some conflict, but her motivation is driven from her pre-vampire state.
What are your thoughts? Agree? Disagree?
And happy Wednesday!