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A Case Study in Near-Perfect Concept-Premise Integration

Plus, some updates on coaching and a few new ebooks.


Submitting your work for evaluation and coaching can feel like a daunting experience.  Sometimes things don’t work as well as you thought, or hoped, and the feedback feels more like backpeddling than the forward-energizing catalyst that it really is.

And then there are those times when the feedback is nothing short of affirmation and tips on how to make “good” into “great.”

That’s what today’s case study is all about.  Read this one to see what a solid concept looks like, and how it empowers the subsequent concept that leverages it.

That’s the Big Ticket you’re after.  Your story may be wonderful, but when it’s built on a mountain of gold instead of the mundane sand of what we’re already doing day in and day out, you have a real shot at taking it to higher ground.

Read it here: A Case Study in Whole.

Feel free to add your thoughts and feedback so this writer can get there even quicker.

If you’d like your concept/premise put under this same microscope, and if you’ve got the 49 bucks it takes, click HERE.

****** Updates


Kirkus Reviews – two of my novels have just been reviewed by Kirkus.  Check them out here:

The Seventh Thunder

Deadly Faux


New Story Coaching Level – I’ve just launched new level of story analysis, tucked (sequentially and strategically) between the Quick-Hit Concept Analysis, and the Full Story Plan Analysis… focusing on the dramatic arc of your story.

The Dramatic Arc Analysis is a Questionnaire-driven process that allows you to isolate your core dramatic story, position your protagonist within it, and assess the story physics of it relative to reader response.  It’s only $95 ($75 if you’ve already done a Quick-Hit Concept Analysis for that story).  Click HERE (scroll down when you do) for more.

Also, I’ve expanded (added options) to my Full Manuscript Evaluation service, which has been available for $1800.

That service remains (it includes integrated feedback on each scene, and often mid-scene commentary as necessary, as well as a full summary evaluation and my comments on your Full Story Plan Questionnaire, which is included.  Trust me, you won’t find this level of value elsewhere.

But if you don’t have $1800 to spend…

The NEW LEVEL of the Full Manuscript Plan is available for only $1200.  This is a full read-and-evaluation service leading to a comprehensive coaching document, in which the effectiveness of the storytelling is broken down and analyzed, with strategies for upgrade.

In essence, the lower-cost program is a solution for writers who don’t need (and don’t want to pay for) copy/line editing and scene-specific feedback, but are seeking a comprehensive evaluation of how the novel works, or not.

It’s like a book review on steroids, optimized for the author him/herself, with coaching on how to solve problems and reach for higher ground.

Contact me for more and/or how to get started.


Several new Storyfix eBooks are now available on, from 99 cents to $2.99.  These tutorials are expansions and updates on earlier Storyfix posts that you may have missed, or wish to revisit.  They include:

Three Men and a Manuscript – a forum on storytelling craft with three writing teacher/mentor/guru types — James Scott Bell, Randy Ingermanson, and me –with a focus on what’s working in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.   ($2.99 on

The Six Great Epiphanies of Successful Authors – helps you zero-in on what highly successful authors are doing, and how… things that the rest of us often struggle to discover and implement in our own process.  (Only 99 cents on

Stuck in the Middle – a tutorial on how and why manuscripts tend to stray – or run into a brick wall – after the setup qaurtile and before the resolution scenes, both of which are easier to visualize and execute.  This tutorial was originally an article in Writers Digest Magazine.  (Only 99 cents on

The Lie: Toxic Untruths Being Fed to Aspiring Writers Today – The title says it all.  A couple of reviewers aren’t happy (tempting to say here, with a Jack Nicholson tone, some writers can’t handle the truth…) , though one of them took the time to attempt to deliver the entire content of the book (which he acknowledges as accurate) in the review itself.  Judge for yourself.  True is true, but only one of us has the credibility to write about it, rather than simply rip it off.  (On Amazon for only 99 cents.)

When Every Month is NaNoWriMo – an award-winning ebook on making your National Novel Writing Month more than an investment of time with an emphasis on quantity, by lending a context of story quality into the writing process itself.  (On Amazon for $2.99.)

The Newbie 101 Guide to How to Really Write a Novel or Screenplay: A Manifesto on Process vs. Wandering in the Dark – not just for writers who like long titles… this book cuts through the crap of “how” to create a connection between process and effectiveness, without taking sides.  See if you have the guts to face the truth about what it takes to nail your story.  (On Amazon for 99 cents.)

The Inner Life of Deadly Faux – now here’s something you’ve never seen before: the biography of a novel, written by its author, telling the story of its arduous journey to publication, living up to its award-winning prequel and the take-aways and life lessons (not to mention writing lessons) that remain.  (114 pages of illumination, on Amazon for $2.99.)

“Gone Girl” – A Model of Modern Structure: A tutorial – if you’ve read any of my many deconstructions of bestsellers on this site, you know you won’t want to miss this one.  (On Amazon for just 99 cents.)

What You May Have Missed About “50 Shades of Grey”: A Manifesto on the Cause and Effect of this Story – if you dare.  Or if you want to learn why this book exploded, despite what so many writers are saying about it.  Don’t be fooled, you want some of what she’s having.  (on Amazon for 99 cents.)

More affordable eBooks on the way, in addition to a continuing flow of free content for thinking writers.  Stay tuned.


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Toxic Untruths Being Fed to Aspiring Writers Today … And How It Can Kill Your Writing Dream

Something new here at – Announcing the launch of …

…The Storyfix eBo0kstore.


A bigger post on this is forthcoming, but I wanted to get this into motion sooner than later.  At the launch I’ll have about six SHORT tutorial ebooks available, from 99 cents to a whopping $2.99.  Some of these are expansions on earlier posts, some are new content.

Why?  Because it’s been proven that old, archived content on a robust website is largely lost.  It goes undiscovered.  It’s been shown that publishing them, and charging a few cents for them, actually enlists a new and larger audience.

Today I’m introducing you to one of about ten titles for this launch, eight of which are new.  Today’s intro:

The Lie: Toxic Untruths Being Fed to Aspiring Writers Today…  And How It Can Kill Your Writing Dream

It’s one big truckload of helpful, even career-saving thinking… for only 99 cents.

Writers like James Scott Bell and Randy Ingermanson and Jennifer Blanchard are spreading the absolutely golden gospel of truth about storytelling and the process of engaging with it.  And yet, some of the “conventional wisdom” floating around out there isn’t as much “a lie” as it is a pile of half-truths and spun belief systems… which amount to a “lie” when regarded as a whole.

Newer writers, in particular, are victimized by these untruths and half-truths at an alarming rate.  Much of it comes from other writers, often in online forums, who preach their own often unenlightened beliefs, which comes off as advice and coaching… when it fact, it is just noise.

Sorting through the noise is the challenge.  This ebook will help you do just that.

From the front copy on Amazon:

Among avocations, the “way to write a novel” is perhaps among the most debated, written about and obscured of any of the available conventional wisdoms to be found. The conversation gets downright political when you consider that, truly, there is no one way to go about it, and just as certainly, no right way or wrong way.

Writers are left to discover “their” way, often choosing from a menu of approaches floating among the flotsam and jetsam of that available writing conversation. But without benefit of experience and the pain of trial and error, attaching veracity and function to the resume of the spokesperson for one’s chosen truth — to often from the mouths of the uninitiated — can have devastating effects. Even worse, some writers spend decades assuming there is indeed only one way, and that any other way is just counter-intuitive noise to be avoided.

With writing, pain is optional. And yet, for many it remains oh-so-romantic a context for the creation of stories.

Sooner or later, though, after years of frustration and failure, some writers quietly look elsewhere for writing truths that, upon closer examination, simply make more sense, even when it comes to the process of idea and narrative development.

In this 2500 word tutorial, blogger and bestselling writing mentor Larry Brooks exposes what he calls “The Lie” about how and why novels work, and the path toward achieving that milestone, and thus, how and why the prescribed approach to achieving those criteria is a critical decision.

It isn’t a question of planning or plotting, outlining or drafting, because indeed, writers working at either end of those spectrums have verifiable success to show for it. Pick your endorser, they await in both camps. The question resides at a deeper level of truth, one that defines process as the search for what works, rather than the means by which one embarks upon the journey to discover it. The difference is subtle yet powerful, and it can change a writer’s career with a simple acknowledgement that they may indeed be going about this all wrong, and that a better approach may not require adopting a less comfortable approach to story development after all.

Click HERE to pick up your Kindle edition of this ebook.

Next up… a case study on concept colliding with premise… and then, a fuller introduction and launch of the new eBookstore, with titles in much the same vein as the one discussed here.

Thanks for your support.



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