It’s time to fix the boring bits!
You’ve got a great story, but it’s starting to drag, and you have no idea why.
You plot & replot, get with critique partners, rewrite, revise…but it’s still not working.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a simple, powerful system to assess why your scenes aren’t working, and concrete tools to repair them?
We’ve got them for you in this Masterclass!
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What’s wrong with my story?
One of the most common challenges writers face is creating stories that engage readers on every page, in every scene.
When you’re down in the weeds of your own story, it can be difficult to figure out if–and why–a single scene or progression of scenes aren’t working. It can be even more difficult to decide if you need to go back to the drawing board for the entire story.
All you know is it’s not working.
The pace off…
Your characters are lying flat on the page…
The action scenes are lackluster…
The thrills fail to thrill and the romance won’t sizzle.
And why is the middle so saggy & flat??
A fear begins to grow inside you…is my story boring? Or broken? What’s going on??
We’ve got answers!
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Scene Level Drama Drives Story
Blockbuster plots aren’t enough
Blockbuster plots and over-the-top characters are great. But they’re not enough to drive the story forward from Page One through to The End.
Story is told on every page
You can’t only create Story at that ‘big’ level—plot & character. You must create it at the ‘micro’ level too.
Storytellers need to push the story forward & grab the readers’s attention in every scene. On every page.
That’s a lot of grabbing!
How do you do it?
In our Masterclass Mini, The Two Things Every Scene Needs, we break down essential strategies for crafting story at the ‘micro’ level: scene-by-scene. You’ll gain knowledge & insight that will help you quickly identify problem scenes in your story.
But it’s not enough to understand scene-level drama, is it? Or to simply identify problems? Nope. You have to know how to fix those problems, and craft drama on the page. After taking this Masterclass, you’ll have that knowledge.
We give you powerful, easy-to-understand strategies & simple-to-execute tools, so you get pure dramatic power on every page, from Chapter One through to The End.
Why ‘Big Story’ isn’t enough, & what you need to be doing in every scene to create a page-turner.
Learn 3 things that make readers not want to turn the page, where they commonly happen, & why they happen.
Learn the two simple, powerful things every compelling scene does.
A deep-dive into the essential Story Questions you need in every scene, & tools to develop & execute them on the page.
Undestand how precision-crafting scene level Story Questions can drive your story forward, reveal character, build world, and add tension.
Intensive deep-dive into the second essential element needed in every scene, & strategies to deliver it.
Review & deepen your understanding of why this process is so dramatically powerful.
We’ll break down the opening of JAWS to show you exactly how this process operates in one of the most blockbuster-y movies of all time.
Special considerations & common problems writers face in applying these concepts, as well as strategies to fix them.
You’ll get a downloadable ebook reviewing the material & offering exercises to develop the Two Things Every Scene Needs in your own story.
Get an hour+ of answers to questions sent in by students of the Two Things course.
Based on some of the most commonly asked questions, get an intensive outline of on-the-page strategies to surprise the reader & a discussion of how to work with the Scene and Sequel approach.
Dive into story craft by seeing examples from fiction & movies, showing exactly how the writers/directors grabbed their audience’s attention by using Scene Questions & Scene Replies to inject doubt, hope, & tension.