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Using Motivation to Plot Your Next Book

May 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Every writer knows the importance of their character’s motivation. After all, that driving force is at the very heart of Goal-Motivation-Conflict. But sometimes finding the right motivation can be tricky, especially when creating a character you want readers to find fascinating not only on Page 1, but all the way through to The End. (read more)

That’s where plotting via motivation comes in handy. Learn to choose a motivation you can actually put to work in creating a true-to-life character who’ll wind up in trouble no matter what happens in their life — which is all you need to ensure a compelling plot.

How do you make that plot take shape? A series of 14 fill-in-the-blank steps outlines the entire skeleton of a story in which the character’s motivation keeps things moving. Come prepared with just a fragment of a story idea you can use to see how the process works, and plan to take home a worksheet of your own. Don’t think of this technique as a “fix” for your current work, but rather as a tool for when you begin your next…and the next…and the next.


Laurie Schnebly Campbell has taught the techniques of plotting via motivation, from start to finish, for almost 20 years to writers worldwide at WriterUniv.com. She has a special section of her bookcase reserved for first novels by people who’ve taken her workshops online or in person, with the total currently at 46 — and still counting.






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May 11, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room
40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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