Cameron's characters, Jake and Neytiri have vastly conflicting goals that create good conflict in Avatar.
This is the third of a three-part blog about what you can learn from James Cameron’s hugely successful film, Avatar.
In parts one and two, universal theme, high stakes, and new twists were discussed. Today, we’ll look at the tried-and-true concept of GMC .. or GMCD (Goal-Motivation-Conflict-Disaster).
Solid story, good old GMC. Cameron’s stories are character-driven, his characters highly motivated and invested in their stories. This engages the reader and makes him or her care about the characters’ fates, as well, creating memorable, satisfying stories. Because character-driven plotting makes for seamless, compelling stories, it’s my favorite workshop to present.
See Avatar. Use it for the colorful, fantastic inspiration it is to create your own best work. I’ll leave you with the delicious tidbit that inspired this column. It’s taken from James Cameron’s February, 2010 TED talk.
Cameron says: Take risks. NASA has this phrase that they like to use: “Failure is not an option.” But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration because it’s a leap of faith. No important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. So that’s what I’d leave you with, is that, in whatever you’re doing, failure is an option–but fear is not.
Signing Pam's copy of my debut novel in Omaha
Thanks to Michelle Reynoso who asked, “How many people do you know who said I should write a book…”
Most of us have been inspired to write about our lives, our loves, our trials. The world could learn much from each of us. In the pursuit of reaching “The End,” however, a writer discovers that three or four hundred empty pages present a daunting challenge. For those hale and committed enough to reach that finish line, the ordeal of getting published is yet another topic worthy of its own novel.
Thinking of all my friends who have accepted these challenges, I reflected on my own experience and came up with this insight to share today:
“Nothing but my wedding and the birth of my children surpassed the joy of holding my first published book in my hand. Nothing but my wedding and the birth of my children surpassed the commitment in time, love and energy I devoted to holding my first published book in my hand.”
If you’ve reached “The End” and/or been published, was it that big of an accomplishment to you?
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This blog was just recommended by a winemaker from Bangkok! Now, how often can you slip a sentence like that into your cocktail conversation? Many thanks to Dominic Rivard, who writes an outstanding blog of his own about wine making – with rich descriptions and bright, luscious photography.
My research into the Twitter world continues. I have enough material for a book at this point, and my mind is continually spinning. At first I thought I could use a Dramamine, but now I’m thinking, this is all exciting and so colorful, and I’m meeting so many interesting people – I rather like the exhilaration of accelerated learning.
I’m delighted to know that you’re reading my blog, and that you’ve found it to be helpful. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.