Writing tips on Goal, Motivation, and Conflict from multi-published author, Maggie Mundy

 

It’s really hard to come up with only one but I will have a go. I live in Australia and a few years back I went to our annual Romance Writers of Australia Conference. The workshop was given by Debra Dixon and she presented on her book called Goal Motivation Conflict. I find these days that I have read so many books on writing that many seem to blend together. This one is different and I found it extremely helpful.

The concept can be used to look at a character, a chapter, or a whole book.

Goal: 

What is it you want to achieve?

Motivation: 

Why do you want to achieve it?

Conflict: 

What is going to stop you from achieving your goal?

 

Example:

Bridget Jones Diary

Goal: 

Bridget wants to find love

Motivation:

She is getting older and thinks she might be single forever.

Conflict: 

She has a bad track record with men.

 

This is simplistic but gives you an idea. I am a plotter and apply this to each chapter and can clearly see when I am going wrong. Hope this helps anyone in finding a way to overcome any difficulties in your writing.

Find Debra Dixon:  Website

 


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Two things have helped Nicole cope since the murder of her husband. One is running her detective agency, and the other is her guardian angel, Mira. When Mira is killed by a demon, Nicole accepts the help of a Ridge, a long-haired, cigar-smoking diamond in the rough with wings.

 

Things go from bad to worse when a replacement guardian cannot be found. She has to trust Ridge, which is tricky when she realizes there are no demons or angels, just parasitic aliens that humans have built the myths of these celestial beings around. Ridge isn’t an angel or a devil, but an alien half breed known as a Midworlder. He is also way too sexy for his own good.


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Kellie has never let anyone into her life since her mother's death, and isn't going to let the mysterious Trent get under her skin. As for Trent, he may have found the one woman he could love but he will have to stop Rogue vampires who want to kidnap her, and vampire hunters who want to kill him.


Book Two in The Seeker Chronicles. Blood Oath is a sequel to Blood Scent.

 

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Cara is a descendant of the witch and fills her days with food with her Irish-themed catering business. Her nights are another matter; they are full of erotic dreams of a mysterious lover, or nightmares with mutilated bodies. So this wasn’t the best time for her Nana to tell her she is coming into her power. 

Of the original four immortals, Vincent is the only one left and to stop his own long life from fading he needs another witch to kill. Seth was meant to protect the witch’s descendants from a distance, but with Cara he can’t stay away. He has to make a choice to love Cara, or avenge the original death and possibly die himself. Cara has the fight of her life on when one man comes to kill her, and another to love her.


 

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He is the only one who exits in this world, and she knows more about what he is than he does. He is hard to resist, especially when he saves her life. Trevi can take her home but he is keeping one big secret. She will have to be like him to survive the journey through the portal back to her world making a myth a reality.