I'm not much on self-help manuals, but, like most writers, I do have a few sitting on my Keeper Shelf. Some stand out more than others. Some I reach for more often than others. Some I pick up and read before even daring to start another novel.
This is the first.
A few years back, I had the extreme honor of participating in a Debra Dixon GMC workshop and, lemme tell ya, folks, it was life-changing. Novel-changing. Her method is extremely simple: the bare bones of every story world holds three crucial elements--Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. Without one, there is no other. Each character has a goal, motivation driving them toward that goal, and conflict attempting to stop them from reaching that goal.
Don't make it complicated, now; it's easy to do. Just think about the stories you love the most. Then, apply those elements. They're there, regardless of the time, setting, genre, story arc, take your pick. GMC is what makes a good story, what drives characters to grow, what makes us satisfied as readers and watchers of exceptional novels, short stories, screenplays... the list goes on and on.
Coolest thing? This is now available on Kindle.
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,