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Help Reinvent Storyfix 3.0

Let’s work together… help me help you make your stories great.

Many of you reading Storyfix have been with me here for years. I’ve gotten to know some of you personally, which is one of the best things about doing this work. Hopefully, those of you who are new have discovered the depth and nature of writing information and coaching at hand, which is the reason so many have, in fact, been part of this journey.

But it is time to move forward into the next evolution of Storyfix.

Storyfix has always been about elevating your understanding of the core competencies and subtle nuances of crafting a story – a novel or a screenplay – that works. There have been nearly 100o posts thus far (about 25% of which have been taken down when newer posts rendered them redundant), leading to three #1 bestselling craft books, dozens of workshop/conference bookings and other extensions of my teaching. Many of you have contacted me with specific issues that led to posts, and more than a few have written to share that this information has helped them land an agent or a publisher.

So let’s turn the page and go even deeper.

Let’s turn you into a Master Storyteller by cutting a few years off  your learning curve. Or for some, perhaps for the first time, clarifying what that learning curve looks like.

I’d like to work with you to take Storyfix to the next level.

My vision for the next generation of this website is to build a catalog of actual downloadable training programs – very much like you’d see at a writing workshop or conference – using replayable Powerpoint and audio/video assets. This will deliver a virtual classroom training context… thus, the name of this program: The Storyfix Virtual Classroom Experience.

I could whip out a list of dozens of training topics, and quickly. But I’d rather listen. Listen to you.

Because this is all about you.

I am asking you to tell me what you need. What you’d like to see covered.

Tell me what your story development and writing issues are. Specific problems and areas of focus. I will use this input to craft the first wave of training programs, which I intend to create and make available in the next month.

Meanwhile – and going forward – I will continue to post free content on a regular basis (some using video), with helpful guest posts and story deconstructions, as well. Think of these as “training shots” that deliver a point of craft, on-the-nose or nuanced, just as you’ve seen here in the past.

About the pricing for these training modules:

The context of that is expressed as a goal: to deliver value far in excess of what you’ve paid. A multiple of the access fee. For roughly the cost of two movie tickets, a big bag of popcorn and a couple of sodas, you will be able to choose from a menu of training modules across a breadth of titles and lengths, from 30 minutes to one hour, as well as longer multi-module programs. Each entry will go deep into the issues you’ve identified, and all will go beyond the what to deliver the how. What you purchase and download will be yours to use going forward.

My commitment is this: at the end of one of my training sessions, you will be a better, more enlightened storyteller and narrative artist than when it began.

If you’ve ever been to one of my live workshops sessions, you know how this goes: intense, passionate, empathetic (because I’ve been where you are), with clear and directly applicable definitions, examinations and demonstrations of what makes a story work, what makes a story soar, even what makes a bestseller.  You will learn things about developing stories that you won’t hear anywhere else, or at least not framed and clarified in this way.

These training deliverables will work within any process – pantser or planner and everything in between – and in any genre. (Some modules will be genre-specific).

Please send your thoughts and feedback to, or use the contact form here on the Home Page.

An incentivized Opt-in for updates:

I’m developing a mailing list for updates and discount offers on these training modules. Sign up and you’ll receive the first training program totally free, prior to public release – “Essential Elements of Craft for New Novelists.” Subtitle: Five Critical Story Practices That Will Quickly Up Your Writing Game… or Sink It If Left Untended” – 30-minutes), which will give you a taste of what you’ll experience in my virtual classroom venue.

Please use the form below to sign up for the Storyfix Virtual Classroom mailing list, which will send you announcements of new training modules, with discounts for enrollees.  Even if you’re already a Storyfix subscriber, this new list will be specific to the training products, so please opt-in for the discounts and updates. Of course the list doesn’t obligate you to anything, or cost you anything… it just keeps you in the loop for new products and exclusive discounts for enrollees.

Let’s do this together.

Who knows how high your writing dream can go when armed with a deeper knowledge and hands-on sensibility relative to the complex craft of writing a story that works.


Please sign up to receive email updates and new product announcements for this series of training programs. As an incentive, you will receive the first program – Essential Craft for New  Novelists – completely free.

Use the form in the left-hand column of this Home page.


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Learn One of the Most Important Aspects of Storytelling Craft… from Movie Trailers

As some of you know, I contribute (every other Monday) to the well-known writing blog The Kill Zone.  In doing so, I find myself having to differentiate what I write there, versus here.

It breaks down like this: because I’ve written nearly 1000 posts here at Storyfix (and in my three writing books) that focus on the craft of storytelling, I’ve pretty much circled the wagons when it comes to coverage of the key elements and essences involved. I’ll continue to do just that, but we’re now dealing with subtleties, problem solving, process and creative thinking, all of it in context to those same core elements of craft… which consists of 12 major categories, and about 120 interacting subsets that inform them.

Over at Kill Zone, I find myself introducing and defining those core elements for a different audience (though I’ve happily discovered, there is a significant overlap). Not that they don’t get a fair share of craft over there already, they do (James Scott Bell being one of the other regulars, along with a powerhouse roster of published novelists who really know their stuff). But my approach to craft seems to be slightly new and different – and sometimes confusing – for long-time Kill Zone readers, which is, I believe, a good thing.

Hearing the same elements of craft discussed by credible sources in different ways really helps writers wrap their head around it all. Sometimes what has lingered as a fuzzy notion clarifies when presented in a different flavor of context. So far my offerings have been received warmly and enthusiastically at The Kill Zone.

I mention this because I about to send you over to The Kill Zone to read my latest post, which is another version of the same title I’ve used for this post: The Two Minute Writing Workshop Already At Your Fingertips.

If you’re struggling with – or would like a new take on – the nature, function and placement of the critical First Plot Point story milestone (which is, in my opinion, the most important moment in a story), you may really find quite illuminating.  There are four trailers from recent films embedded within the post, each of which presents the story’s First Plot Point in a way that, for some, is easier to identify and understand than it can be within the novels we read… and write.


On another note, I’m about to change things up here on Storyfix. Big time.

I’m in the development stages of creating and offering video-based training modules, some of which will end up right here, as regular posts on Storyfix.  The approach will involve a split screen showing me talking directly to you, with the other section showing bullets, text and graphics as called for. (I will continue to post narrative articles like the ones you’ve come to expect here, as well.)

The idea is to come as close to a classroom experience as possible, which all the guys in white coats who research how adults learn will tell you is orders of magnitude more effective than reading, or even listening, to a presentation.

The posts will, of course, continue to be totally free and available at any time.  

I am going to develop longer modules, however, that I will offer for sale (reasonably, I promise) here as an extension of the Storyfix bookstore – it will have its own page – containing a library of training resources that cover the entire spectrum of what you need to understand about writing a novel that works.

I’d like your initial feedback on this new idea. How does this idea strike you… and would you be interested in deeper, video-based training on the intricasies of implementing the finer points – the advanced stuff – of writing a novel that works.

Also, please offer any specific topics you’d like me to cover in this new format, as well as your notion of a fair price point for a 30- to-60 minute  video/graphics-based training experience. (There will be multiple-module comprehensive training titles, as well, at a higher price point… still less, though, than what you’d pay to learn the same stuff at a workshop or conference.)


One final note, if you will humor me…

Chasing Bliss FRONT cover final jpeg (2) My new book, Chasing Bliss (my non-fiction, non-writing-oriented side project on how to survive and nourish our primary relationships, using intimacy and transparency as the primary means of engagement) now has 11 reviews on, all of them 5-star.  And if I may, all of them pretty much raving about the book in a way that took them by surprise.

Visit the book’s website, as well: (check out the animated wave effect in the header) for an “author interview” that is itself pretty intimate and transparent.

Thanks for your input on all these fronts!



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