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Now that things have somewhat settled down after the move - though a long way from being "normal," - I took the time to really read my Genesis and TBL feedback. Besides of the usual confusion about how the same entry can be judged by different people and receive marks as high as a 93 and as low as a 54, I decided to just ignore the scores.
So of course I want to share. However, not all my epiphanies will benefit YOU, since this was manuscript-specific, but perhaps it can apply to your own stuff.
My first epiphany sort of piggybacks off a post I wrote here about genre. Since I started my manuscript as a women's fiction (actually, chick lit - to use a waning industry term) and it morphed into a romantic suspense, I realized that my hero really is a bit underdeveloped as far as his goals, motivation and conflict. (Yes, reading Debra Dixon's GMC book right now....really good stuff. Highly recommend it.)
The reason for this underdevelopment is simple: I was writing a story centered just on the heroine's journey. In a lot of women's lit, the hero fits into the heroine's GMC (usually). Not the other way around. So my poor Joshua didn't really have a specific goal, or motivation. His conflict was brought about by his involvement with the heroine, but nothing intrisic for HIM.
Let me tell you...this has opened the doors as far as figuring out how to better layer this particular manuscript. The possibilities are endless. (Katie...just wait until I lay this on you!)
So...here's my first epiphany. Any other genre but women's fiction (and even sometimes women's fiction) needs to have separate GMCs for the main characters! And if you're smirking at the screen right now, I'm sorry for not being as astute as I should have been to already have understood this! (But I never said my epiphanies weren't utterly basic in concept, either.) :)