Since I know how much you like games, I thought we’d play another one. This time, we’re going to practice our GMCs. What are those? Check out my earlier post on the subject here.
How to play: I’ll post a scenario and you come up with the GMCs for that character. You can write the basic GMCs or go into detail with internal and external GMCs. Don’t look for hints of the character’s GMCs in my posts because I want you to think beyond the scenario. What could this character’s back story be? Why is he/she reacting this way (emotionally)? Why is he/she doing that (physically)? Think of the possibilities.
On Friday, I’ll chose my favorite GMC sample from your comments to this post and explain why that particular example worked for me. Then, I’ll submit another scenario and we’ll start again.
Please participate, even if you don’t think you fully understand GMCs. The more people who play the game, the more we can learn from each other, so tell your friends to join, too.
Since I write romantic suspense, the first post is in that genre, but I’ll try to change it up for you. If you have any scenarios you’d like me to use as a sample, email them to me at lynnette_labelle at hotmail dot com. Make sure you write GMC Game in the subject, so I know it’s safe to open. Please don’t attach anything. Paste the text inside the email message. Thanks.
Ready? Here we go.
Marla’s ex-boyfriend tried to win her back over the past few months. He tried making her jealous, pretended to be her friend, called with fake emergencies, and begged for her to give him another chance. They hadn’t dated for very long, so Marla couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t move on. She explained to him that his drinking and controlling behavior during their relationship is what turned her off. Since she didn’t believe he could change, there was no point in “trying again”.
A week went by and she didn’t hear from him. She thought he’d given up, until she came home one night and found him in her living room. After a heated argument, he left vowing to change her mind about their relationship.
Now, he is following and harassing her through menacing phone calls. The guy is clearly stalking her, but she refuses to call the police. Why? What could be in her GMC make up or back story that would keep her from getting a restraining order or having him arrested? You tell me.