He’s my face-friend, and he didn’t really mean that.

It’s 100 degrees here.  I got up early and got my run in and then went and rode the horses until about ten.  Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I sweated my boobs right off.  They are survived by me and my husband, and they will be so missed by both of us.

One thing that I have gained through all this sweating is acne.  Yay!  In fact, I have developed an enormous cauldron of a pimple since I started running in the heat. Husband told me that it looked like a million baby spiders were going to pop out of my neck. I looked in the mirror and said he was crazy. It looks much more like it’s about to grow eyes and teeth and start telling me to kill people.


I finished Ch 2 of Cathy Yardley’s book Rock Your Plot.  This is not a long book, but it’s pretty information-dense, so I’ve been taking my time to make sure I really absorb the lessons and do all the exercises.  This chapter helps writers to create both a compelling plot and fleshed-out main characters via the “Goal-Motivation-Conflict” method.

  1. Goal: Characters should have both internal and external goals.  If they conflict with each other, it ratchets up the tension in the story.
  2. Motivation:  The characters’ why.  You can get away with almost anything plot-wise if you provide the readers with a believable enough why.
  3. Conflict: The conflict must relate to the goal and the writer must be able to escalate the conflict.

I mean, this seems like ‘duh’ stuff, right?  But I’m appreciating the framework she is giving me.  Doing all this leg work in advance is allowing me to build a system around a piece of longer fiction.  I’ve had some good success with much shorter, character-driven pieces – I was published in a Hugo-award winning magazine a few years ago before I gave up on writing. But I could never figure out why every single novel I tried to write would be abandoned after five or six chapters.

So, this is positive!  I’m excited to move forward, but I’m tempering myself.  I want to finish reading this book first, and apply its lessons to the plot bunny I’ve been snuggling for the last three years.

What I’m reading right now:

Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Plot

Next Up:

Rachel Aaron’s 2,000 to 10,000: How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love.

Published by stupidlypersistent

Writer, runner, mathemagician

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