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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon Books for Writers
  • 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 (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Especially for the new author, Goal Motivation and Conflict is a concise, practical and easy to understand road map for the writer of commercial fiction.
Robert T. Leach
If you're a plotter or character driven, this book provides the way to unite both to make a great story.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "david-coffey" on July 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Beginning novel writers often need a roadmap to get from chapter one to The End. *Goal, Motivation and Conflict* by Debra Dixon is a practical and insightful manual for writing effective, cogent fiction. She takes you step by step through the writing process using her GMC method. She explains in detail how to create believable characters and events, how to sustain your narrative through multiple plot twists, and how to tie it all up in the end leaving the reader begging for more. Best of all she uses characters and plots from movies such as *The Client*, *The Wizard of Oz*, and *Casablanca.* This book gives you the tools necessary for crafting believable fiction. If that novel you're writing has disintegrated into nothing more than an unruly collection of word clusters, this book is for you. If you haven't started writing your novel yet, this book will save you from pulling your hair out by the roots.
PS. *Goal, Motivation and Conflict* can always be obtained from the publisher, Gryphon Press.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Lewin on January 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the only book I know of that deals exclusively with Goals, Motivation and Conflict; three of the most essential elements to writing good fiction. The book is excellent. Ms. Dixon understands what makes a story memorable and she presents her knowledge in a clear, understandable format.

Patricia Lewin, Author of BLIND RUN, OUT OF REACH & OUT OF TIME
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Leach on October 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Especially for the new author, Goal Motivation and Conflict is a concise, practical and easy to understand road map for the writer of commercial fiction. I respectfully disagree with TM Kelly who gave it 2 stars because the book is geared towards commercial and not literary fiction. First that is like being disappointed with a Honda because its not a Cadillac. Second the principles in the book can still be applied to "deeper" fiction. It provides a starting place for the newer writer to build any genre.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Fusco on September 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a writer. I have an agent and countless rejections by publishers mainly because of GMC. The feedback up to now has been that the GMC wasn't strong enough. My response, "what the F does that mean and what am I doing wrong?" I'll admit I'm not that smart, so I had to read the book twice before the GMC light bulb went off. But I didn't care how many times I had to read it, I got it and Ms. Dixon taught me how important a strong GMC is. Now, I dare to say that if I get published its because of this book. Publishing is too fickle an industry for that. But, I will say now that if publishers do reject me, it won't be because of my books GMC issues. After this read, there simply won't be any.

Thank you, Ms Dixon. You've saved me a lot of time, tears, and frustration.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. Beck on January 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Like most writers & wannabe writers, I have dozens of how-to books, both paper and electronic.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mancilla on May 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
this book is a gem i found at my local library for $3. i'm currently writing a comedic comic series about a female demon hunter and everyone told me the concept was idiotic. I used the GMC formula in this book to add depth and reason to my characters actions. when i present my comic idea to people now, they all tell me how it sounds interesting and even ask me questions on what the characters are going to do in the next series! i was shocked at how easy it was to create dynamic characters. if you can find this book you have to get it.

new thoughts 2/17/2013
so its been roughly 9 months since i bought this book. since i deal with clients all day, i've moved on from trying to write a story to creating and telling oral stories. i still use GMC to this day. it answers the "why are you telling me this?" question that comes up when you tell stories as well as Gives People a REASON to keep reading or listening to you stuff. I applaud debra dixon for creating this masterpiece but alas after reading it and using and then moving on to more advanced techniques i found out she ripped it off from dwight swayne, and dwyght swayne ripped it off from someone else. if you really want an indepth GMC then you absolutley must purchase dwight swaynes books. its essentially this book times 10 thousand. its packed with more information and techniques that you can use. here are the links to his books.
Techniques of the Selling Writer

Creating Characters: How to Build Story People
the above two books render debra's books obsolete. swayne explains his version of GMC in building characters.
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