I’ve been plotting my next manuscript. While I’ve been building motivation for my hero and heroine for why they are acting they way they are, I got caught up in a news broadcast where the reporter was questioning the perpetrator’s motives. As I listened I though that no reader would accept that reasoning as valid.
Wow. Real life doesn’t work in a book.
After laughing, I called a fellow author and shared my ‘insight’. She cautiously agreed with a big “but.”
A good author can take an unbelievable incident and turn it into a wonderful story. With believable characters.
So here I am.
Motivation is an internal feeling what causes a person to seek a particular thing. It has to be something the reader can identify with and accept. It helps to build empathy.
I don’t usually plot ahead but this story is the third in a series of books and I need to show the connections in an understandable way.
Why does this heroine who is new, not a secondary character from book one or two, get so caught up in the adventure that she doesn’t flee for the hills? Not like a paranormal where I could use magic to twist her around. but a contemporary set in this time and place.
It doesn’t help that I’m having my own ‘adventure’ that wouldn’t make a believable novel.
Aw well, I must focus. Now my question is, what is truly believable?
Have you ever read or used something that was incredible, but it worked? Tell me about it.
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