GMC does not just stand for General Motors Centre 3


I recently took a course with Robyn DeHart about “Revising using GMC.” Robyn did a good job explaining GMC to those of us who hadn’t read the book or taken any GMC courses, but my befogged brain needed more. So I singed the poor old Visa card again and bought Debra Dixon’s Goal, Motivation & Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction that Robyn often referred to.

Even though I’ve only read up to the ‘Goal’ section of the book (Chapter Two) so far, I can already tell this is going to be one of those books to be kept close by and referred to often. It’s an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand reference book – one that doesn’t make my head spin. It’s all information I ‘sort of’ knew before, but the clarity of it, and the examples and charts Debra gives helps solidify the premise in my mind and give me a base to jump from when plotting a new story.

Side note: I looked it up on Amazon.ca ($137 and up) and Abe Books and Addall Book Searching ( $84 and went up as high as $222). If you want to buy the book at a reasonable price, buy it directly from the publisher – Gryphon Books for Writers – who sells it for $19.95. That’s much easier on the wallet.


3 thoughts on “GMC does not just stand for General Motors Centre

  • Red Garnier

    Leah, this books sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read!!! =) Thanks for the recommend and for visiting my blog. =) Hehehe.

  • Wylie Kinson

    Remember when you picked up your first trashy book (and by trashy I mean bad, not spicy) and thought “Bloody Hell! I could do better than this!!!!”
    And then you started writing and it became clear… “Oh shit! This writing business is HARD!!!!”

    Yeah… me too!
    It’s amazing to me that writing looks/sounds like it SHOULD BE easy but its really a very complex process than can spur so many how-to books!
    And next time someone says to me “Oh, you write? I’ve always wanted to write a book…” my reply will be “go for it” *smug smile*

  • Amy Ruttan

    I saw you were taking DEEP EDITS in October, Red and I are too. This is going to be fun. Too bad it’s not in person.

    Still I can’t wait I loved Margie’s course on Saturday.

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