Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation
of everything that happens in the story world. Using charts,
examples, and movies, the author breaks these key elements down into
understandable components and walks the reader through the process
of laying this foundation in his or her own work.
Learn what causes sagging middles and how to fix
them, which goals are important and which aren’t and why, how to get
your characters to do what they need for your plot in a believable
manner, and how to use conflict to create a good story. GMC
can be used not only in plotting, but in character development,
sharpening scenes, pitching ideas to an editor, and evaluating
whether an idea will work.
What others have to say about
Goal, Motivation & Conflict:
“This book belongs on every fiction writer’s bookshelf.
Anyone who has ever had a story to tell and is dying to get it down
on paper will find guidance and inspiration in GMC.
The presentation is clear, immediate, and relevant to all
writers—from novices to seasoned professionals. Experienced
author Debra Dixon has done a magnificent job of demystifying the
toughest aspect of fiction writing: that of giving a story shape,
form, and urgency.”
— Susan Wiggs
author of 20 books
“Conversational and down to earth, this book takes the
mystery out of goal, motivation, and conflict—the three things that,
if not done well, will most likely get a manuscript rejected.”
— Library Journal, July 1997
“Regardless of the level of experience, this is a
reference book that is a ‘must have’ for any writer. It is
easy to understand, yet informative and enjoyable to read. Suddenly
it all made sense.”
— Gloria Miller
“[GMC] is the best, clearest and most
fun-to-read how-to book I’ve ever inhaled, and I’ve been reading ’em
ever since I was knee-high to a yardstick.”
— Alison Cunliffe
The Toronto Star,
National bestselling and award-winning author
Debra Dixon has eight published novels to her
credit. In addition to speaking at numerous regional and
national conferences, Debra developed and continues to teach a
novel-writing course for the University of Memphis as well as
one-day writing workshops across the country.
Although she has now “retired” from a successful
career as a small business consultant, she continues to serve on the
Board of Directors for three corporations, including an
international trading company. She lives in Memphis with her
husband and son.