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A Free 3-Minute Video Workshop… On Turning Your Story “Idea” into a Viable Story “Premise

I just found this on Youtube. Didn’t know it was there.

It was shot by my friend Mindy Halleck at the 2013 Willamette Writers Conference.  (Check out her award-winning novel, Return to Sender, here.)

I offer it today for three reasons.

First… this is Storyfix, the entire mission here being to deliver tools and wisdom you can apply directly to your story, and/or your process. This video does that.

Then… I’m hoping you found yourself engaged. The on-screen Powerpoint in the background isn’t visible, but that’s okay in this instance — you can take away a massive amount of valuable information just by listening, and watching me sit there (bad back that day; normally I roam the front of the room ranting like Chris Rock talking politics) getting all worked up about this message.

And thirdly… this is a core message. It cuts directly to the heart of why some writers struggle with their stories. If you let it sink in, it might cut years off your learning curve, or at least your apprenticeship.

 

fiver-posterIf you like what you see, please consider opting-in to my mailing list for the soon-to-launch Storyfix Virtual Classroom Experience, which will offer video tutorials and Master Classes on a wide breadth of titles on the craft of writing a great novel, sooner that you would otherwise. You’ll receive the first training – Essential Craft for Emerging Novelists – for free (a Master Class-level experience), and a rollout-discount of 25% on all other modules going forward.

Click HERE to view the trailer for this series, and use the sign-in form at the bottom of the page.

Thanks for considering this… I hope you found this worth your time today.  Always my highest goal.

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When Theme Smothers Premise — A Case Study

Today’s title pretty much sums what I want you to notice–and learn from–in this case study, taken from my Concept/Premise Level Analysis service.

I’d lecture here about the risk of too much thematic emphasis, but that’s already in my feedback, for your enlightenment.

Read it here: July 16 case study

Anxious to see what you think.  Feel free to chip in your feedback, this author volunteered these answers not only so you might gain something, as she did… but also, so that she might benefit from more eyes and brains on the same story.

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