Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction

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  • ISBN-13: 9780965437103
  • Publisher: Gryphon Books for Writers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    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. Though aimed at the new author of commercial fiction 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    A Must-Read for All Writers

    I'm a novelist with seven published books under my belt, and this is the book I recommend to beginners who ask me for advice on how to craft a strong story. I also recommend The Writer's Journey, which this book references. I think even a seasoned pro will find Goal, Motivation, and Conflict--or "GMC" as it's known amongst my writer friends--valuable.

    I wish this were available as an e-book! I'd be happy to be able to gift it to others.

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