Goal, Motivation and Conflict

by Pepper on August 5, 2011

I was lucky enough to recently win a copy of this classic tome on romance writing by Debra Dixon. (Thanks Carol!). It’s been many years since I first read it, but in truth it was like a completely new book to me because I have grown and changed so much as a writer since then. It’s written very well, with lots of humor and wonderful, clear examples to illustrate the principals it teaches.

But it is daunting. That’s the word that comes up for me. Daunting. I’m in rewrite now of a 65K category romance that I hope to pitch to Harlequin. After reading half of GMC, I can see I need to start over and rewrite my rewrite. Better now than later I guess.

As a person who dislikes conflict, who would rather smooth the waters than stir them up, I can see why some of my Harlequin plots have been “mealy”. Not enough conflict, not a big enough goal, so not enough motivation. I can see the challenge will be to separate my personal philosophies of living from my philosophy of commercially successful writing. Can Debra Dixon teach me to do this? I’m betting she can.

~ Pepper

“Let’s read something spicy.”


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