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Is There Such a Thing as Natural Writing Talent?

I take this one head on today over at the, in response to a new article in a major magazine that basically says, “don’t worry about structure, you have the natural DNA to create a structurally-sound novel, based on your gut instinct.”

Not everyone is going to be happy.


Here’s a great learning opportunity for you: my friend Jennifer Blanchard has been leading a discussion/lecture based on my book, “Story Engineering” all week. On Monday at 7:00 EST (that’s today if you just received this via email) I’ll be on a conference call to help sum it all up… you are invited to call in and join in  (it’s totally free).

Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100


Hope to see — hear — you there!


I’m very excited about my new Storyfix Virtual Classroom project, with five massively intense and content-rich training videos on key topics for emerging and experienced writers alike, including a module on story structure.

These are core principles that you can begin to learn now… rather than waiting a decade for your DNA to finally catch up.

You can’t really expected to write a novel like Stephen King writes a novel – using a draft to discover the story in full — unless and until you know what Stephen King knows. I can help with that.

Read more at my new training website HERE.

Or go to the Vimeo page to see the videos (also viewable on the site above) HERE.

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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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