Save the world, save the dog, or create conflicted relationships

When I started writing fiction I KNEW there was only one way to write a book – have the main character try to save the world. But that was because I was watching blockbuster movies, not reading real books.
Then I read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” This classic book had no missiles, no world threatening events, and dogs in danger, but it did deal with a relationship in trouble – actually two of them.
After finishing the book, I realized a story, even one concerning the end of the world, will only work when it relates to us – people. And the way to do that is to include relationships with conflict. Why? Because readers relate to relationships in conflict – they do not relate to saving the world.
That’s why in save the world stories, there’s quite a few relationships with conflict… and an occasional dog.

About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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