This is a photo of us climbing the last series of steps before reaching the peak of Diamond Head Crater in Hawaii. It was a tough hike for little Luke, but we kept telling him it was worth it.
"The view, Luke! Wait until you see the view!"
Writing is a little like that, isn't it? Hard work. Exhausting, actually, but totally exhilarating once you get to THE END!
I'm getting closer to my THE END with another revision after getting back my brilliant notes from my two Beta readers, my hubby and Brilliant Beth- yes, Beth, you've a new nickname now. (See my blog post on the process)
Today I worked hard on my characters' motivations. What makes them tick? Why do they love, kill and sacrifice their lives for a cause? And most importantly, how do my characters' decisions effect and steer the plot?
I'm a very goal-orientated person. I decide I want something and do it whether it kills me. (Yes, this is how I finish books but it can be a very bad thing as in no sleep or frustration)
I guess my characters tend to be goal oriented too, but they need to fail. And not just the main character, my other key characters too. That's the hard part. Because I want them to have the happily ever after. Still, we can't always get everything we want!
So in this draft, I'm highlighting my characters' inner strength and motivation to get them to their goal, despite their failures and insecurities.
Have you ever accomplished something really difficult, and despite setbacks, succeeded? I'd love to hear about it!