Goal Motivation Conflict

I’m a big fan of Debra Dixon’s book: GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. I read this book every time I start a new project. Why? Because the book really helps me stay on track with what the plot bunny comes up with in my head. Book ideas are great, but they won’t help make a great book if my protagonist or antagonist are walking around randomly with no goals and reasons why they do what they do. To help facilitate the brainstorming process I created the GMC Wizard. (Especially when I got tired of creating my own grid each and every time.)

Instructions: From the first screen you enter basic information about your character that you may want to reference later if you plan to print out the results.

  1. After you enter basic information (if you like), you move on to the External GMC screen. Now you will build you goal-motivation-conflict statement. You start with the goal. Then the motivation for that goal and then finally the conflict that will hinder that goal from coming to past.
  2. The next screen is for the Internal GMC. You’ll do the same steps. From there you’ll work on the external GMC to the internal GMC.
  3. You can work on two sets GMC statements (internal and external) at a time. Once you are done you can print the results for later if you like. When you press the View Printable Grid you will be taken to a new window with the grids that you can print.