But what makes him go after the dream? What gives him the courage? What makes him think he can complete it? Know that it’s worthwhile?
The answer is motivation. (This is the second part of the GMC chart.)
We’ve all heard of get-rich-quick schemes. Winning the lottery. Investing in that perfect property. Inventing the next high-tech gadget or discovering the fountain of youth. We yearn for the easy life. We just want to kick back and lie by the pool or watch TV and have the money pour in.
But how many of us actually get rich quickly? Not many. Most of us have to work hard for our money. We can’t wait around for things to happen, we have to make them happen. I write because I want to share my message, to help other people share theirs. If I did nothing, people wouldn’t know that I can help them.
The hero in your story has to pursue his goal. His outer motivation (external forces) comes from the heroine. She’s wanted that dream house since she was a little girl. She doesn’t care how long it takes and she won’t marry him until the house is finished. Maybe his mother wants grandchildren and is pushing him to get married.
The inner motivation (emotions) is about how he came to be the person he is. What are the emotions that run his behavior? Maybe he’s a perfectionist and he constantly criticizes everyone he works with. He could feel insecure about dealing with such a large project or covering his insecurity by acting superior to others.
Behavior affects not only the person in question but everybody around him. If he’s weak and unsure, the heroine could pick on him, nag at him, walk over him. If he’s a people pleaser he’ll do everything in his power to satisfy everyone but himself. And he’ll feel guilty or angry with himself because of it.
Without motivation, the goals will never be achieved. With motivation, the path to the goals becomes a fascinating journey.
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