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But… is my story actually any good?
So you just penned your final words below your tale – but is your story actually any good?
➥ Maybe you like it – but is it really that well-made, or does it just work well in your head? Maybe you are wearing blinders because you are so much in love with your creation.
➥ Maybe you don’t like it that much – but are you just your own worst critic?
What’s missing in your story, if anything?
Your friends and family, even if they have the heart to be honest with you, can just tell you if they are into it or not.
But how can you get ahold of solid feedback that’s not just a quick nod or shake of the head, but is able to explain to you exactly why something works or doesn’t, and on top of it provide you with a sound plan to fix it?
Plus, hopefully your goal is not just to improve this one single story, but to grow as a writer and add to your tool set, so all of your future stories will become electrifying right off the bat, with less and less effort, and without the need for exhaustive re-writing and editing sessions.
I’m reaching out my hand (which usually holds a pen), and if you want, you can grab the opportunity and let me look at your story in-depth, so I can point out all of the setscrews we can turn in order to shape and mold your narration into something fantastic.
One Simple Trick to Turn You
into an Unbiased Editor
Want to know a simple trick that will equip you with a more neutral point of view when examining your story?
I will give you the poor-man’s-method to adopt a cold, objective eye: Put your manuscript away for several days or weeks.
When you pick it up again, you will feel more removed from it emotionally, and you will have forgotten some details: Now you will be able to judge it more from the “outside” than from the “inside”!
The longer you stay away from your writing, the stronger this effect will be.
However, if you are ready to spend a bit of money, there is also a much more effective route you can take (that will give you much better results):
The Trick to Taking the Shortcut
Your path to getting better with any skill will lead you through a lot of ups and downs, through plenty of advances and setbacks.
If you have been writing for a while – or practicing any skill for that matter – I’m sure you know what I’m talking about: It’s two steps forward, one step back. It feels like you are approaching your goal in wide, wasteful, endless serpentines:
Or, worst case, you are just moving in endless circles, without ever advancing:
Coaching lets you take the shortcut.
With coaching, your path to becoming a good writer will look more like this:
Yes, of course you still have to do the writing yourself. But it will feel like you just found a secret treasure map with reliable markers, leading you to your goal.
Coaching will be that treasure map for you – now grab your shovel and your sharpest pen and go for it!
The point of my written reviews or of our coaching session will be to point out several precise setscrews you can turn that will improve your writing tremendously.
A setscrew could be that your plot is missing twists, or your dialogue feels stilted, or you lose yourself in endless descriptions. It’s often enough to adjust just one or two of these screws to make you a vastly better writer. It will probably make you feel as if you had just discovered a secret “hack.”
However, we will probably be able to identify several of these crucial setscrews – which means you can kill many writing birds with one single coaching stone.
How Do You Become a Great Writer?
Want a simple formula?
Here it is:
Repetition + Adjustments = Unconscious Competence
What the heck does that mean?
It means that with any skill you train (riding a bike; chess; negotiating; whatever…), once you get very good at it, you will be able to perform it on a high level automatically, without even having to think about it: You have now reached “unconscious competence.”
Here is the crucial point though: In order to reach unconscious competence, what you need is constant practice.
Translation: You have to write a lot, plus adjust or tweak whatever you are doing. Which means, you have to learn from your mistakes and also implement what you have learned.
The great news is, if you want to shorten your learning curve (and the time it will take for you to become a really good writer), you can profit from my experience. I made all the mistakes for you, so you don’t have to make them yourself anymore.
I can not take the repetition part from you (and hey, I hope writing is not Dante’s inferno for you, but a fun experience), but I can relieve you of the “scratching-your-head-and-running-in-endless-circles” part.
I will show you a clear path.
I will use all of my writing expertise to point out exactly to you what you have to improve and how you can improve it.
Shirley Battie, UK
Krista Russo, Pennsylvania (Amazon Author Page)
Eddie Matt, Kenya
Finally... You Will Know Exactly What to Do to Bring Your Stories to the Next Level
This coaching program was designed to give you the best chances to catapult yourself to the next level as a writer. It comes with clear guidance, examples, prompts, encouragement, and a precise explanation of how to add what’s missing!
Here is how it works:
Oh, and a
couple more points I should mention so you can get a clear picture of the
nature of this coaching session:
→ Your Story Is Your World and Your Vision
I’m 100% aware of that, and I’m here to support you. You will NOT get a coach who subconsciously tries to remodel your story into what he himself would have written – all to the contrary!
What you want to do is the spring board and at the same time the final destination of where we are going.
→ The Only Question That Matters
I’m not a fan of strict writing rules. I don’t insist on classical storytelling patterns, and I won’t have a fit if your story doesn’t come with 3 acts. Do whatever you want – you are the artist.
Coaches who want to impose their strict guidelines on you are lacking flexibility and artistic understanding. There is only one question that matters: Does it make sense? If it does, you can break any rule.
Oh, and are you a sugar addict? I’m asking because…
→ No Sugarcoating
If I think your story is written badly, I will tell you – no sugarcoating! That doesn’t help anybody.
If I think your story is great, I will also tell you – again, this is no sugarcoating. Don’t think that I do this to butter you up; that would also serve nobody.
I will always tell you the truth about what is really going on with your tale.
In Summary, Here Are the Guiding Principles
of Our Coaching Session:
The "X-Ray" Method
In-depth analysis and crystal clear, methodical explanation of what the problem is. From there, specific, easily understandable instructions of how you can fix any problem, and even convert a drawback into an asset
The Cheerleader Approach
The environment of our coaching should always be helpful, encouraging and uplifting. You will leave with an “I can do this” feeling. Let me put on my brightest, most sparkling cheerleader outfit to cheer you on!
The "Kiddie-Pool-First" System
Receive custom-tailored writing prompts for the elements your story needs improvement in. Sharpen your writing skills with these exercises first, before you sit down to rewrite your story – the rewriting will then come much easier to you. It’s like training in the kids’ pool first before dabbling with the dolphins.
The "No-Sugar-Added" Stance
You will receive an honest, direct assessment of how good your story really is. I will never be unnecessarily critical or sweet-talk you. Keep this in mind in case you are praised by me.
Also... Whom This Is Not For:
On the Other Hand... Whom This Is For:
Where My Coaching Will Get You...
Choose Whichever Package Suits You Best:
The Bronze Level includes:
ATTENTION: Please understand that this package is the economy option. Your advantage is that you will pay very little. The disadvantage is that you will only receive a very basic level of attention. We will focus on the one big thing your story could do better – but this alone can lead to a massive improvement in your storytelling skills!
The Gold Level includes:
The Gold Level includes:
If you have any specific ideas about what you want to work on with me, or any questions in particular about your story answered, no problem. Just shoot me an email at alex at ridethepen dot com and let me know in advance. Give me as many details as possible about what you expect, and I will give you a quote.
Your Experienced Story Doctor
Yes, that’s me! I’m the physician of your wildest imaginations, which I want to bring out of you in mint condition.
Sometimes straightening out some bones is enough for a healthy plot endoskeleton. Other times, a bigger intervention into the heart of your story is needed. With decades of writing experience and having built a successful blog about fiction writing from the ground up, you will get all of my expertise focused on your story and your progress as a writer.
Over the years, I received so many requests for coaching that I finally wanted to offer my full personal attention to you and your story.
These are the kind of emails I receive almost on a daily basis – and I’m looking forward for you to set your foot into my doctor’s office.
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
DROP ME A LINE, I'M HERE TO HELP!
alex at ridethepen dot com