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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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Part 7… of a 101-level Series on the Basics of Story

How to “Pinch” Your Story for Greater Dramatic Effectiveness

Register now for a FREE tele-seminar on March 16, on Story Structure.\ Details await at the end of today’s post on Pinch Points.

(As an introductory tutorial, go HERE to read my guest post on on basic story engineering.  But please come back to learn more about a highly effective secret weapon in the war against reader apathy and waning dramatic tension.)

An Introduction to Pinch Points

Story structure exists to help us keep our narrative sequence on track, relative to exposition and pace.  All four quartiles of a well-executed story have specific contextual missions that imbue each scene within them with just the right focus, avoiding the story-killing tendency to ramble or jump the gun relative to your hero’s proactive confrontation with the core dramatic issue.

Two of those specific quartile-empowering contexts — Part 2 and Part 3 — get a little help with a specific narrative moment that brings the story’s core dramatic focus back to the forefront – called a Pinch Point.

The pinch point resides in the exact middle of its assigned quartile, one each for Parts 2 and 3.  The reason why, like much of story structure itself, connects to other aspects of how a story should unfold.

Let’s look at Part 2 to better understand this. 

The context of every scene in your Part 2 quartile is showing your hero responding to a new story path, in the presence of pressure, threat, danger or opportunity, which was put into play – as the primary focus of everything – at the First Plot Point.  Which was, as you should know, the transition moment from the Part 1 setup and the Part 2 hero’s response to the First Plot Point twist (new information that enters the story at that point).

With this focus on the hero’s response, it would be easy to actually push the source of the story’s conflict, the core dramatic element, toward the background.  Which is not good.

Let’s say your story is about a family running from a bear, which appears at the First Plot Point to disrupt the family outing and is now chasing them through the forest.  Very tense, right?  But you have to do more than show us the family running away.

You have to show us the bear, as well.

Within the quartile mission being showing the hero’s response, we need a time and place to remind the reader of the source of antagonism (the bear, in our example).  The Part 2 Pinch Point does just that, literally putting the focus back on the source of antagonism (the bear) to remind us of the proximity and threat of the danger at hand.

The hero hasn’t forgotten about that –   he’s running from the bear, after all — but the reader might have, so we need to get the villain back into the game.

But what if there’s no bear, you ask. 

No villain at all.  What if my story  is driven by a horrible disease or an approaching storm?  Same thing, each of those is the source of the story’s antagonism and threat, which creates drama and conflict in the story.  The Pinch Point functions exactly the same… show us the disease and its power to destroy lives, or show us the storm and the violence that approaches.

In Part 3, also in the precise middle of the quartile, you need to show us the villain (source of antagonism) once again.  Yes, you can show it to us as much as you like in other places, which means you use the Pinch Points to show the antagonism in an evolved, much closer proximity, which in turn heightens drama in doing so.

Pinch Points become a secret weapon in the war to win the reader’s emotional engagement. 

Why?  Because fiction is based on conflict that causes drama, and these two structural milestones give that drama it’s moment back on center stage. In the case of the Part 2 Pinch Point, it might even be the reader’s first glimpse of what threatens the story’s hero.

Join us in Portland, OR, April 3 -7, for a massively intense and interactive workshop that brings all of these structural and character-driven story essences together into one cohesive story plan, regardless of your story development process.


Free Teleconference Workshop on Story Structure!

Join story coach Jennifer Blanchard and me for a lively hour of discussion on the critical realm of story structure, including how it applies with flexibility to any story, every time.

Massive value.  Zero cost.  What could go wrong?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Live at 7:00 pm Eastern time (adjust your arrival accordingly)

Click HERE to register.

If you receive a “you’re already subscribed” message, that means you’re still subscribed from the last call we did… so you’re all set.

All registrants will receive call-in details via email on the day of the call… which is Wednesday, March 16th. 



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