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Let Art Holcomb Fix Your Procrastination Problem

If you’ve been here a while, you know about Art Holcomb.  Accomplished writer, teacher, and in my opinion, one of the brightest minds in the writing/mentoring game out there.

You also know me.  Short of recommending books, I don’t do a lot of endorsing. I absolutely don’t do any affiliate promotional deals.

So today’s post isn’t so much an endorsement – which I would give to Art in a heartbeat – as it is the sharing of an opportunity to learn from one of the Masters, with a focus on the one thing most of us struggle with no matter how long we’ve been at it.

Read below to learn more about Art’s upcoming teleseminar (which launches June 20th), for which he’s graciously extended a discount to Storyfix readers.  Here’s how it works, and it’s simple: email Art at aholcomb07@gmail.comtell him you’re a Storyfix reader.  He’ll arrange a (roughly) 25% discount on the fee for the teleseminar, down to $37.

As you’ll see below, the regular price will b e $79 after June 10th, so act now.

Also notice that this discount is actually greater than the one he’s offering for early enrollment elsewhere.  It’s worth every penny of that regular $79 price, so this $47 deal is amazing.  But you’ll need to mention in your email to Art to land it.

Here’s Art’s own promotional announcement for this terrific opportunity.


Here’s a truth of your life:  You are not anywhere near where you REALLY want to be with your writing.

You know it.

I know it.

You are not putting in the time you need to make your work exception – and it bothers you because you do not know why.

Ask yourself: Am I getting my writing finished? Is there something that’s keeping me from the keyboard? Do I feel guilty sometimes because I’m not making the headway that I know I should be making with my writing?

What’s really holding me back?

You’re not alone.  I work with professional writers every day in my private practice – and they can have the same problem: the real world is constantly intruding on our lives.  It’s hard to find the time or the peace and quiet and sometimes getting the words out and on to the page is like pulling teeth.

I’ve learned that truly everyone goes through this – and I mean EVERYONE – at some point in their life.  I work with professional writers everyday who have faced these same struggles – writers whose income and livelihood DEPEND on their ability to produce . It can be one of the most serious hurdles any writer can face.

But it doesn’t have to be so hard.

There is a way out.  A way that can make writing easier again – the way it was in the beginning.

What you need is a new approach to the work, a new way of looking at your talent and skills that can give you the confidence to move forward.

My career is built around helping professional writers succeed and I’ve helped over 300 professional screenwriters and novelists over my career get back on track.  People who make a good living as writers.  They can literally not afford to let fear and procrastination affect them – and neither can you.

The same techniques they use can help you too.

I’ve put together a teleseminar on eliminating procrastination and the fears that writers face.  It’s entitled:PROCRASTINATION – How to Defeat it Forever!

In it, we’ll cover:

  • The Journey that every writer makes through their career.
  • Every possible reason that you may have to procrastinate – and a way to break through each of them.
  • How to make sure you’re able everyday to hit the ground running.
  • The truth about Writer’s Block and how to eliminate if from your life forever.
  • The three techniques professionals use to create quality work quickly.
  • The realityabout the fear you may be facing – what it really is and how you can turn it from problem to motivating asset.

Procrastination a real problem  And it’s impossible to be a successful writer without facing this issue head on.  I have shown my working screenwriters and novelists how to eliminate it from their lives –  and I will show you how the very same techniques can work for you.

The seminar will be launched on June 20th and would normally be $79 – but for the next week, I’m making it available to you for just $47 – if you sign up by June 10th.

Here’s what some of my clients have said about the seminar.

Art’s techniques got me from dreading my writing to making it the greatest thing I do all day.  I finally got my novel finished and I’ll be able to do my next one in half the time. – Peter R.

I was amazed!  By just facing some truths and learning more about who I am as a writer, I found my output increase three fold. – Sheila B

I didn’t think anything would get me back to my writing, I just couldn’t finish anything.  But Art showed me where I had strayed of coarse and now my writing is getting finished and I’m starting new projects.  Thanks so much, Art!” – Peter W.

The teleseminar can be available to you at anytime through your computer or phone – to listen to whenever you need the boost, And the special price of $47 means that you can get your writing back on track – you can feel the joy of writing once more – for less than the price of dinner out for two.

Signing up is easy – Just email me at that you want to join and I’ll send you all the details.

It’s a small price to pay to change the way you write forever.

Make a difference in your own life today.  Become the writer you know you can be.

Take this small step into a much bigger world.  Join us today.



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A Deadly – and Perfectly Normal – Rookie Trap That Can Cost You Years on the Learning Curve

Important post today.  With an attached tutorial that just might change who you are as a storyteller.

Don’t skim this one.  Not ironically, that (skimming) is the very thing that can cost you years (or decades, I kid you not) of development time… when it is the craft itself that you are skimming and short-changing.

There’s a FREE GIFT here, too, it is a no-strings click away, if you get that far.  If you don’t… then just maybe this post is about you.  The irony is poignant… you miss the goodness because you skim and don’t absorb the core.

Also, after that (blogging principle #1: always deliver the good stuff, the free stuff, before you even mention your own projects or services; which, in this edition of Storyfix, is presented below… I hope you’ll have a look)… something very new and unexpected for me – and ridiculously exciting…

… with a cool “June Special” offer for those hoping for a solid story coaching opportunity.

One word on that: DISCOUNT.  

But first… some really important stuff on craft.


This is a true story.  A case study in normalcy.

You don’t want to be a normal writer.  Making normal rookie mistakes.  Writing from the wrong set of beliefs, derived from the wrong interpretation of the wrong conventional wisdom.

Because so-called conventional wisdom may not be be serving you.   It may not be wise at all.

Among the 90 percent of authors who don’t achieve even a fraction of their writing dream, the vast majority can attribute that heartbreak to the shortcomings of what they believe they know about what a good novel entails, and how to get it onto the page.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve challenged the so-called conventional wisdom, throwing back the curtain of clarity at workshops and in one-on-one coaching relationships, even here within these posts, resulting writers announcing what amounts to a Great Epiphany that changes the course of their writing destiny.

It happened this morning, in fact.  Actually, the Epiphany part hasn’t arrived yet – the exposure of the need for one did – but I’m betting it will.

This is the kind of thing that makes writing teachers/coaches/guru-types crazy.  Because we’ve put the truth right in front of them, and it goes unread, unheeded, or misunderstood.  It can take several passes at it to finally grasp it with the detail required.

Today’s post seeks to cut the number of passes required before it finally sinks in.  By giving that truth to you, straight up.

Notice how, perhaps, this tale parallels your own writing journey.

You have a story.  You’ve outlined it, maybe you’re written a draft.  You love it.  You’re certain it has legs.  Secretly, you believe it – and you – have the chops to not only get published, but to become a bestseller.  You are next to certain it is that good.

Because the idea at it’s core absolutely fascinates and inhabits you.  Heck, with that idea, the novel virtually writes itself.

Be honest.  You’ve been there.

And so, because you are a diligent new writer, or an experienced writer who hasn’t lost the blush of the new writer, you decide to confirm the fact of your story’s greatness.   You send it out there in some sort of beta form.  Maybe to a story coach, to test the waters.

That’s where I come in.  Because such a story, from such a writer, arrived in my inbox not long ago.

Here’s an important context to keep in mind: this writer is smart.  

Really smart.  With enough enthusiasm to fuel a Trump rally.  With a pitch that virtually boils with confidence about the upside of the story.  But the curious truth is… that very enthusiasm is what makes this writer blind to a level of understanding that is required before the story will work to the degree he/she believes it will.

It’s what makes them skim the textbook because they can’t wait to graduate. To get the good stuff.  The stuff they believe they arelady understand.

But too often… don’t.

They believe the story is enough.  They believe that craft itself is intuitive.  Which it is, to only a certain extent.

It’s that less than certain extent that comes back to bite you.

 To severe your connection to the potential that you believe in.

When someone signs up for any of my coaching levels – this one being the first-line Concept/Premise analysis – they receive a Welcome Letter that includes not only core content (definitions and examples) but deep tutorials (nine of then, in this case, resulting in a net delivery of an entire writing craft textbook or workshop; this, as much as my time, is the essence of the value delivered for the price).

Part of the content within that Welcome Letter is a clear definition of Concept – the thing you take for granted that you understand, but based on data, probably don’t, at least fully; thus, this becomes the opportunity at hand), including vivid examples… as well as an equally clear definition of Premise… with a discussion focusing on how and why they are different.

With those nine tutorials that go even deeper into this critical and empowering difference.

They get all this first.  Before they are asked to submit everything.

And then comes the fatal moment.  

The serpent’s temptation.  The consequences of impatience.  The fruit of hubris.  The sad end-game of naivety.  This is where…

… they skim the Welcome Letter.  Or worse, more often, they don’t read it at all.

Hey, I get it.  When I smash into a box containing a new toy – phone, flat screen, computer, mixing bowl, whatever…), I rarely consult the “user’s manual.”  I mean, how hard can it be, right?  The phone walks you through the setup, who wants to read about it first?

Thing is, writing a novel is orders of magnitude more complex, nuanced and challenging that getting a new toy online.  It’s as complicated as: doing surgery… flying an airplane… healing a broken heart… inventing a new electronic device… designing a bridge or a building… I could go on for days.  All of these examples, by the way, are from writers who do those things, and once on the other side of enlightenment confess that writing a novel is as hard as their day job.

Chew on that for a moment.

You think you know all you need to know?  The odds say you don’t.

By skimming or not reading the very material that can make your story work, in the belief that you don’t need to know, or that  you already do know (without that knowledge ever being tested or confirmed), you are doing nothing less than shooting yourself in the foot.

Or in the head, in this case.

Because… his story was nothing more than fine.

It was good, but not good enough.  It was flawed in the very thing that the Welcome Letter focuses on.

The thing that separates bestsellers from the pack.  Something that resides within that very idea… the one he thought already glowed in the dark.

This writer, because he is smart and not completely controlled by a belief that he knows more than the rest of us (that happens, too), responded very openly and professionally to the feedback that his concept was flat, while his premise was pretty good, though completely too familiar.  That a stronger concept could, in fact, fuel his premise to a higher level, perhaps to a stellar level within his genre.

He got it.

A few days passed.

And then an email arrives this morning, confessing that he just doesn’t get the whole concept thing.  What it is, why it is important, and how it relates to premise, without being premise.   By the way he framed the question, he exposed what is an unavoidable truth:

He either didn’t read the Welcome Letter… he didn’t get it… he didn’t buy it… or he skimmed it and forgot it.

Which could explain the entire shortcoming of his story.

So rather than sell it to you… allow me to GIVE it to you.  

So that you might be among the few who begin their stories with this massive advantage, which impacts and defines the very square-one moment of your story inception.

Read the Welcome Letter.  You don’t need to buy a story coaching package.  In fact, I’m not doing any more coaching until late June.

This is the stuff you need to know,  to grasp, to fully understand.  

A huge percentage of writers, even those who are well down the road, actually don’t understand this.  But when you get it, you’ll see that this is the very thing that differentiates bestsellers from lesser books, the published from the non-published.

If and when you get this, you may no longer settle for – and indeed, are prematurely enthusiastic for – a story that is already flawed in the essence of what this document (and those nine links) clearly presents.

It’s not easy.  Some folks read it and still don’t completely get it.  Some never get it.  But you have to read it first.  You can’t merely skim it.  You need to study it, to absorb  it.

Then you will be a writer on the other side… among the few who do get it.  Who are orders of magnitude ahead from the first page forward, because their original idea has turned into a conceptually-driven premise that meets all the criteria of greatness… instead of simply writing your idea without that level of empowerment.

Publishers and readers are not looking for the next also-ran, middle of the shelf novel.  They are looking for home runs.  This is what you need to understand to make that happen.

Read the Welcome Letter here — Quick-Hit WELCOME LETTER .

You’re welcome.


A Story Coaching June Special

The Welcome Letter you’ve hopefully just downloaded is the first step in my Quick Hit Concept/Premise Analysis.  The normal fee for this, including the Questionnaire and analysis/feedback that follows, is is $79.

Here’s the give and take of the special:  the FIRST TWENTY takers can participate in this coaching level for only $50.

For this discounted service, delivery of my coaching feedback (two rounds; you get a chance to revise your first submission of responses to the Questionnaire, which will receive a second round of feedback or affirmation from my end) will occur before the end of June.  Normally I try to respond within five days (something I’m working on), but for this special – the very reason for it – requires me to collect these twenty submissions, and then work on them in the second half of June.

Why?  Keep reading, it’s because of the project described below.

If you want in, don’t use the normal Paypal buttons on the home page of Storyfix.

Rather, opt in by going to Paypal directly, and SEND the $50 discounted fee to me, at  Upon receipt of the Paypal notice on my end, I’ll send you the Welcome Letter (the same one you get get for free, above) and the Questionnaire for this level.

Take all the time you want in responding… hopefully, you’ll use that time to immerse yourself into the specific craft of concept/premise delivered in the Welcome Letter and those nine tutorials it links to.

If you can wait a few weeks to hear back, you can score this discount, beginning right now.  The first 20 writers to opt-in get the deal.

UPDATE: after day-1 (Friday), there are 10 sign-ups in the queue.  Grab your spot now, this max’s out at 20 enrollees!


Announcing a new book, a pet project of mine:

Chasing Bliss: A Layman’s Guide to Love, Fulfillment, Damage Control, Repair and Resurrection

I’m building an email list for those interested in this.  If you’d like to keep updated, send me an email (, I’ll add you to the list.

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