The Path That Has Led Us… to This.

And in turn… to what is possible.

Storyfix.com is announcing an intense instructional opportunity for writers who are tired of waiting for the muse to descend, killer concept and contract in hand. For writers who are no longer sure that the much-vaunted seat of their well-worn pants will be the wise and artful guide to narrative gold that has been promised. That indeed, who realize the current seat of their pants needs a lot of help to get a story right, or finished at all.

When Stephen King tells you to “just write,” he forgot to mention that when you try to write a story like he does, it works best if you happen to know what he knows.

If those aren’t your pants… and if you like to try on another pair that knows more stuff (because this remains a process that actually can work, when worn by an enlightened writer), then welcome to…

The Storyfix Virtual Classroom Experience

Hardcore Training for Serious Authors

Because you are here, I can easily assume you thirst for information—insight—on how a novel is written. What dramatic propositions it is built from, the emotional triggers it leverages, the conceptual opportunities that raise it up to the light. Not just the periphery of craft so common to conference agendas – how to write better dialogue and hotter query letters, how to craft a steamy sex scene, how to choreograph convincing swordplay, surviving the anathema of adjectives…

… no, you crave the literary filet, the good stuff, the hardcore, raw-grist nuclear code of spectacular, memorable fiction within the tropes and traps of your chosen genre. Or maybe you just want to know what all that even means.

Welcome to the next step on that quest.

Long ago a senior guy (a suit) I worked with in the ad biz, someone who knew I was writing novels in my spare time, said this to me: “Maybe, Larry, your true purpose is to mentor other writers. To make a difference for them that will alter the math of their future.”

At the time I kind of liked the math analogy, but the rest actually pissed me off.

Cut to, well, way too many years later, and here we are. For me, a few million blogged words and fourteen published books later, six of them novels, three of them writing craft books (and one… well, never mind) and four ghostwriting assignments. All those concepts and sentences, yet I have come to believe that it is my writing workshops that represent the best of what I do.

Feedback says they are career-exploding, even life-changing learning experiences. In a world full of polite company kumbaya writing classes, mine are downright unique. Loud and sometimes shocking, because you won’t hear all the standard hits taught elsewhere(indeed, some of those will be wrestled to the ground), and what does sound familiar (indeed again, I don’t claim to have cornered the market on common writing principles) is framed with a clarity and promise many say made the difference for them.

For some time now I’ve nurtured the idea of taking this workshop experience to a wider, just-as-hungry audience. With the evolution of digital media, that vision has now blossomed into a reality.

I’ve created—and am now distributing at a fraction of the cost of a live writing workshop—online writing training unlike anything you will find elsewhere, digitally or live. This is content you wish you’d have internalized earlier in your writing career, and upon encountering it now, recognize that it is not too late to finally get it.

These “virtual classroom” sessions are presented as robustly narrated PowerPoints intercut with actual on-camera presenter video—truly emulating the live workshop experience—where I look you in the eye as I introduce, embellish, debunk and generally energize both key and veiled principles with real-world relevance spiced with a liberal dose of examples from bestsellers that you cannot un-see.

This is what the big name Authors know but can’t seem to clearly explain. Serious training that will shed years from your learning curve through an empowered clarity and understanding of core storytelling elements, essences, processes and applications of what makes fiction work, juxtaposed with all the common ways writers tend to fall short of those criteria.

And fall short, we do. You will learn what not to do—and why not—as clearly as you understand, perhaps for the first time, what actually does works… and more importantly, why.

I invite you to check out the new Storyfix Virtual Classroom.

Five video modules (at this writing) of 61 to 118 minutes in length that just might deliver the ah-ha! moments you’ve been looking for.

Visit my new training website, at www.storyfix-training.com… as well as the Vimeo On Demand page from which you can download these five initial training products.

As a Storyfix reader, take advantage of a unique 25-percent discount on all downloads from now until the end of February. Just use this code – Storyfix25off – in the checkout cycle.

PREVIEWS

Here is the preview for the Storyfix Virtual Classroom as a training category on Vimeo.

This eight-minute excerpt is from Story Structure Demystified, one of the five modules currently available.

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Launch your 2017 Writing Year With a Big Bang of Storycraft!

New Year’s resolutions are a good thing.

Not everybody always thinks so, but that’s on us. Because when they don’t work we have only ourselves to blame, including (in some instances) best intentions yielding to over-reaching.

Better to aim high, work hard and keep it real. You may learn that your real ceiling is a lot higher than you thought. Especially when you allow the principles of craft to guide you (versus storytelling-via-fingerpainting approach adopted by some).

Each new year presents exciting opportunities to reinvent our author-selves. To fortify and amplify our sense of story, which is the most important element of the three-way collision between craft, art and talent, all in the presence of a killer story premise.

Storyfix friend and contributor Jennifer Blanchard is holding the door open for you.

Starting Monday, January 2nd, through January 9, Jennifer — who had a killer year, writing nine books and completely reenergizing her writing life on multiple levels — is launching a FREE read and discuss series with a focus on her favorite writing book… a little ditty entitled Story EngineeringStory-Engineering-sm

I’ll let her tell you about it — click HERE for the down low. It involves a daily assigned read in preparation for a daily live Facebook interactive event (the link to which is in the linked post), culminating in a new training protocol designed to take your storytelling from “meh” to downright “awesome.”

In case you missed the memo, Story Engineering was published by Writers Digest Books in 2011, and since then has been a consistent bestseller and best-of list dweller, a book many writers credit with having a significant impact on their career. It’s considered unique – even revolutionary – in the vast oeuvre of writing books… I keep a file full of authors who have written me to that effect upon the publication of their novel.

Just this last week, word reached me (from my friend Art Holcomb) that the book was named to a list of the “27 Best Writing Books” from Signature Reads, coming in at #3.

I know. I have trouble wrapping my head around that, too. There are some major names on the list, so you could say this was one of those “well at least that happened” moments for me.

Good to begin the year with gratitude.

Jennifer always runs a terrific event. I’ll be on the thread, as well, and there may be a live call toward the end of the sequence, where you can grill the author. ☺ There will be a recording available after the fact, as well.

My own plans for a reinvigorated 2017.

As for Storyfix.com, look for more video involvement in these posts. More deconstructions of bestsellers, too… including a closer look at The Girl On The Train later in January.

Also, I’m only a few days away form launching a new venture I’m calling The Storyfix Virtual Classroom. I’ll be creating meaty deep-dive video-based tutorials on critical aspects of story craft and process, beginning with five titles already up and available (if you’d like a peek or are simply someone who likes to be first in line) on my Vimeo VOD page. More titles will appear on a regular basis, with up to 30 or so by the end of the year.

Use the form to the left of this post to sign up for the mailing list to score discounts on new training modules as they appear.

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Speaking of training… one more week to go before Art Holcomb’s incredible new six-part audio series, Two Drafts – Two Polishes, is available. It’s like taking Art to work with you every morning in the car, without having to spring for coffee. Click HERE to read more about this opportunity.

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Wishing you a safe, healthy, and rewarding 2017, on the writing front as well as in your life.

Relative to this weekend… emphasis on the safe part.

Celebrate that you are a writer, and all the ways this enriches your life when you embrace it as the blessing that it is!

 

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