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Old 10-09-2012, 04:40 AM   #17
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I think everyone does outline a little bit. Even if they don't make a chapter by chapter listing of what happens as the story progresses they have to have some vague idea of who and what the story is about. A Kindle book I just bought from Amazon the other day for example mentions GMC as one of the things you have to take into account in order to have a functional story. G = goal M=motivation and C= conflict. Basically the author was saying that unless the characters have a clear goal, a clear reason for wanting to reach that goal, and conflict in that they can't just reach their goal then your story lacks focus and will flop around not going anywhere. I think in that sense everyone outlines (even if on an unconscience level). Take "The Wizard of Oz" for example. Dorothy has a goal (to get home), a motivation (she thinks Aunt Em is sick) and a conflict (the wicked witch is after her). If any one of those three points were missing or not properly defined L. Frank Baum's 1st Oz book would have sunk without a trace upon its initial publication.
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