I'm always so motivated when I come home from a writers conference. Obviously, the ACFW conference this year has me even more motivated, since I finally got my first contract.
But motivating me is a lot easier than finding what motivates our characters.
I use Debra Dixon's GMC chart to discover my character's motivation. It's not easy. I often mistake a goal for the motivation. It takes time to find the core motivation, but it's worth the trouble.
I've found over the last year or so Motivation is a key element to story. Without it, your plot flounders, your characters aren't layered or real, and the story isn't captivating.
Since I've learned more about plotting through the character's motivation, my outline is easier. Yes, I'm one of those Plotters. However, even if you're a Pantster, knowing your hero's motivation will make writing much easier. You don't hit as many walls.
Motivation opens doors to conflict. And conflict drives a story.
So what have you learned this past year that has heightened your writing?