A vague concept of this idea has been running around in my head. Two weeks ago I started (re)reading Laura Griffin's books to analyze what makes them so good, and to help me figure out what is missing from my own story. I figured out it's all that introspection, all that feeling and emotion she puts in them.
Then today I got my daily email about a new post on Writer Unboxed. Lisa Cron's "The Importance of Letting Them See You Sweat" struck a chord. With my interest piqued, I followed the link to her craft book, "Wired For Story", which in turn led me to another WU post, "Here's What Both Pantsibg and Plotting Miss: The Real Story" and POW! Right in the kisser!
Lisa smacked me with a very understandable discussion on the concepts of INTERNAL GMC. I know GMC. I can do GMC. But my WIP is currently all external GMC. I have 65,000 words about the events that happen in the story. That's the plot. I need to get to the parts about how what happens makes her feel. About why she's going to take that next action. I need to get to the internal stuff.
I have heard this before. I just wasn't ready to learn it yet, I guess. Right when I was FINALLY ready to get it, internal GMC popped up. Thank you, Lisa Cron.
Now excuse me while I go dissect my book - yet again - to make it more than just a bunch of interesting events happening.