- File Size: 935 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DZ01FRY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict Kindle Edition
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I have read several books on writing, but this is one of my favorites. I wish I had read this book years ago. I have tried other approaches to starting books, but this is one of the best to get you thinking of your character(s) and developing them before starting your story.
For new writers, I would recommend this book in addition to Conflict and Suspense by James Scott Campbell and On Writing by Stephen King. These three books will give you a good foundation for things to consider before starting your book.
Some authors want to plan every detail. Others prefer a seat-of-the-pants approach to the craft. This book strikes me as a midway solution: Plan the characters around a general plot concept, then hang on for the ride they take you on.
Best of all, the method is straightforward, compact, and useful beyond the text of your novel. What other tool--beyond your computer--is also useful for composing that dreaded synopsis or all-important please-print-my-story letter to a publisher's editor?
Dixon uses movies such as The Wizard of Oz and Indiana Jones to explain the concepts (in fact, she recommends readers watch the movies before reading the book, so they will get the full benefit).
GMC is structured in four main sections: Goal, Motivation, Conflict and Scenes. Each section has a helpful list of the main points covered in the section, and the author is very persuasive in her belief that the GMC concept can help all writers, but that each writer can and will choose to apply the concept in a different way.
Dixon also answers the question of why I don’t write fiction:
“If conflict makes you uncomfortable or you have difficulty wrecking the lives of your characters, you need to consider another line of work.”
Yes, I’ll stick with reading.
I’ve read books that were obviously written using the GMC concept, and while I didn’t always like some of the characters, their purpose was clear. I’ve also read some books that obviously weren’t written based on the GMC concept, and they were lacking. Some were lacking conflict, some were lacking character goal, some were lacking in not having a single likeable character. Give conflict is the basis of all good fiction, authors will benefit from using an approach like this. Recommended.