Goal, Motivation, & Conflict

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Goal, Motivation & Conflict
The Building Blocks of Good Fiction
Debra Dixon

ISBN 0-9654371-0-8


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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.

Be confident your idea will work before you write 200 pages
Plan a road map to keep your story on track
Discover why your scenes aren�t working and what to do about it
Create characters that editors and readers will care about
Write a dynamite query letter to an editor

Table of Contents

If Writing Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Writing

Chapter One
Who, What, Why, and Why Not

Chapter Two
Goal:  What Your Character Wants

Chapter Three
Motivation:  �The Why�

Chapter Four
Conflict:  Caution!  Roadblock Ahead!

Chapter Five
Conflict Mascots

Chapter Six
A Closer Look at the GMC Chart

Chapter Seven
Big Black Moments Need GMC

Chapter Eight
Go Ahead, Make a Scene

Chapter Nine
GMC Brainstorming

Chapter Ten
Twenty-Five Words or Less

Chapter Eleven
This and That

Appendix A
Recommended Reading and Reference

Appendix B
GMC Charts


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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
RITA award-winning 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
The Literary Times

�[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,
January 1997

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Debra Dixon's photoABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.


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