Do you know how to craft a story?

March 4th, 2013 by

Writers use a lot of different words for the process of figuring out a story.

You break a story.

You crack a story.

You wrangle a story.

Those verbs give you a pretty good idea of the fundamental challenge a writer faces when writing a story. It ain’t easy. A story is a live, moving target with a will of its own, so in order to craft a story, you need to know how to break it, crack it, wrangle it.

That’s why I created “Prep: From Concept to Outline,” a unique six-week online Screenwriting Master Class course that provides participants an interactive approach to figuring out a story. Once you learn this approach, you can use it on all future writing projects.

The class consists of six lectures that I’ve written and six weekly writing exercises, creating a process that engages you with your story universe and its characters. During the six weeks, your story emerges enabling you to pull together a comprehensive outline so you can type FADE IN with confidence.

Moreover it’s a workshop environment, so you get the benefit not only of my feedback, but comments and suggestions of other writers, including weekly teleconferences.

Finally it creates a structured online environment that lights a fire under your ass, so if you have problems making progress, sticking to something, or even getting started, committing to a class like this can be just the thing you need.

My next session of the Prep class starts next Monday, March 11 and there are still a couple of spots open. To my knowledge, there is nothing else like “Prep: From Concept to Outline” anywhere else, which strikes me as crazy because every Hollywood writer knows how critically important prep is to writing a successful story.

Here is your chance to work with me on your story. For more information or to enroll, go here.

UPDATE: A comment from Rob Burke:

Hope you don’t mind Scott – but, as someone who has taken the class, thought I’d (unsolicited) throw out there that I HIGHLY recommend this course. Especially if you can answer “YES” to this question:

I have [fill in the blank] scripts that I’ve started, but have not finished.

This class has the potential to get you past what’s likely getting you stuck in the proverbial writing mud. It did for me. And, while it is definitely not an automatic cure-all – you have to put in the work and be committed to it – I think if you’ve been searching for a better way to approach writing your script, you’d be hard pressed to find a better dogmatic approach than Scott’s. (Or is it karmic . . .).

If I wasn’t going to be gone for a lot of March and April – I probably would have signed up for one more go! But, as is, my writing thanks Scott and this class immensely.

Rob raises a key point: Perhaps the single biggest reason why writers start scripts, but don’t finish them is because they haven’t figured out the story before they type FADE IN. Anyone can write a first act. Some folks can get through the next 10-20 pages. But when they get lost midway through Act Two, that can lead to confusion, frustration and almost inevitably giving up.

The Prep workshop is designed in large part of solve that problem, steering you through and motivating you to break your story before launching into the page-writing part of the process.

Just like Rob says.

3 thoughts on “Do you know how to craft a story?

  1. Jacoblog says:

    Hope you don’t mind Scott – but, as someone who has taken the class, thought I’d (unsolicited) throw out there that I HIGHLY recommend this course. Especially if you can answer “YES” to this question:

    I have [fill in the blank] scripts that I’ve started, but have not finished.

    This class has the potential to get you past what’s likely getting you stuck in the proverbial writing mud. It did for me. And, while it is definitely not an automatic cure-all – you have to put in the work and be committed to it – I think if you’ve been searching for a better way to approach writing your script, you’d be hard pressed to find a better dogmatic approach than Scott’s. (Or is it karmic . . .).

    If I wasn’t going to be gone for a lot of March and April – I probably would have signed up for one more go! But, as is, my writing thanks Scott and this class immensely.

    Cheers,

    Rob Burke

    1. Scott says:

      Thanks, Rob. If you don’t mind, I’ll update the OP with your comments. You make a huge point as one of the chief reasons people do NOT finish a script they start is because they haven’t figure it out before they type FADE IN. The Prep class does that for them.

  2. Shaula Evans says:

    I can’t tell you how much I want to take this class, Scott. When I get stuck in writing pages, every single time it’s because I have a problem that goes back to Prep. Following along with GOYOQ last year and doing Prep on my own systematically made may actual writing process so much more efficient and productive. (And less anxious!) I can’t imagine how much more powerful it would be to take the actual class with you.

    Grrr. My schedule is crazy. I’m looking at my calendar and trying to will more hours into next week. I’ll give it a good stare and see what I can do!

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