- Hardcover: 165 pages
- Publisher: Gryphon Books for Writers (January 16, 1900)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965437108
- ISBN-13: 978-0965437103
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction Hardcover – January 16, 1900
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PS. *Goal, Motivation and Conflict* can always be obtained from the publisher, Gryphon Press.
Patricia Lewin, Author of BLIND RUN, OUT OF REACH & OUT OF TIME
The author uses examples from popular movies (something found in many writing books) because almost everyone has seen or can easily obtain them, films are "show" not "tell" mediums, and they clearly illustrate her points. I find the clear, practical guidance of "GMC" a refreshing change from academic, theoretical essays that fill some "how to" writing books.
I have over 70 books on writing in my study, if a friend wanted a recommendation for one book on writing fiction, even deep literary fiction this would be the first one I would recommend. It can be found at the author's web site for $20.00, so no need to pay for high priced used copies any more. I have never met Debra Dixon but I wish I could thank her, this book is a great service to the new and aspiring author.
Thank you, Ms Dixon. You've saved me a lot of time, tears, and frustration.
I've already uploaded a few novellas, but after trying my hand at my first full-length novel, I was disappointed with myself: the story was boring. To me. Which would mean the story would wither on the vine (so to speak) if I decided to release it.
Though I still found the idea a good one, I was searching for something that would better handle the plotting of my novel. I first picked up a short ebook (Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel (Rock Your Writing)) that combines a lot of the stuff I have collected over time. I started with that ebook, which really helped a lot, but I was curious about this one, to see if Debra Dixon could offer more details.
And she did. She gives a number of examples, including using the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. But even though the spreadsheet (supplied by the writer of Rock Your Plot on her website) is well set up to take you from scene to scene - including plot points - this is not set in stone. I've already deviated somewhat from what I originally set up.
So this is a good guide to take you from scene to scene and to make sure that each scene has a goal (what does the protag want to accomplish), a motivation (why does she/he have to do this particular thing), and conflict (what or whom is standing in her way of completing this goal).
If you're having trouble getting with getting your scenes right, this is the book to buy.
This book is a foundation for stories. It's presented clearly and to the point. It's beneficial for authors who see things in details but can't narrow it down to one central idea. It leads you through a straight path toward resolution.
The author really makes it easy to see the whole picture. Also, by using the chart provided by the author, it helps you create three dimentional characters. If you're a plotter or character driven, this book provides the way to unite both to make a great story.
This book would be a great source for new novelists, but it will also provide a clear way to get things down for mature novelists who are seat of the pants writers.
I'm glad that I read this book. It answered questions I had about goals, motivations, and conflicts--so much talked about by writers.
I read this book twice, and I know that I'll get back to it again.
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This is a very useful book for all fiction writers. I'm using it to get some order in my confused ideas and to see what is really necessary to tell my story: Goal, Motivation and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Fulan
A great book that focuses on goal, motivation and conflict, the three essential foundations of successful commercial fiction writing. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Omar El-Sayeh
If you have only 3 books on writing.... Dwight Swain (2) and this one. I have a ton of writing-help books (and have actually read 95%) and among the sea of excellent books - these... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JC
This book is fantastic, and a MUST for aspiring authors and seasoned authors alike. There are lots of tips and tricks to make your story even more compelling and interesting. Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joanie Bruce
The concept of goals, motivation, and conflict seems easy enough to grasp, but if you’ve never had it explained to you, then it can be difficult for a writer to implement. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Araba