Sunday, September 2, 2012
Those Lovely Acronyms - GMC, GMCD, EQDA
My main character's GMC for the first book in the series is:
Goal: To get back home
Motivation (Internal/External): Homesick, Misses grandparents / Taken away from family, Current negative situation
Conflict (Internal/External): Scared, Uncertain, People-pleaser / Kidnappers, Held against will, Inside mountain, Others threatened
That's the main character's story GMC. Her story, what the book is about, is how she journeys through her GMC.
GMCD stands for Goal, Motivation, Conflict, Disaster. Each scene is written to this model. The main character, in Scene #1 of Book #1, has a GMCD of:
Goal: To go fishing
Motivation (Internal/External): Loves fishing / Her grandfather
Conflict (Internal/External): Fearful of doing something she's not supposed to do / The wind is blowing too hard to fish, Her grandfather's presence to witness her doing something she's not supposed to do
Disaster: Yes, but her grandfather isn't well
Potential Disaster endings for scenes include: 1) No; 2) Yes, but; and 3) No, and furthermore. (A straight-forward Yes, as far as reaching the scene goal, is not a good option, because it leaves the end of the scene flat and without expectation for what's going to happen next.)
EQDA, which is Emotion, Quandary, Decision, Action, serves as a sequel to the scene and may consist of as little as a sentence or a paragraph or as much as several paragraphs or several pages. The EQDA for the first scene is depicted in a few sentences at the very end of the scene.
Quandary: Doesn't want to get in trouble, but maybe it's okay to do something she/her might get into trouble for.
Decision: She/he is going to do it.
Action: Does it.
Although the draft is rough, the GMCD and EQDA are depicted clearly. The scene has a purpose. It moves the story forward, plus, hopefully, if I've done my job correctly, the scene leaves the reader curious as to what she's going to do that 's wrong, as well as giving a sense of foreboding and hinting at bad things to come.