Class 1) Understanding Your Story
I believe story is humanity’s native language and like all language it has different dialects. You’ll learn which dialect to use and how to identify your target reader to give them the story they crave.
Class 2) Keep it Simple with the 3 Ps
A great story contains complexity, but that doesn’t mean we need to be complicated when creating an outline. In this class you’ll master the 3 Ps (a Person in a Place has a Problem) and be able to apply this simple technique to your story idea.
Class 3) The Person (protagonist)
What would your story be without a compelling character for the reader to follow? I’ll guide you in designing a Person your target audience will not only enjoy but will feel you wrote for them.
Class 4) The Place
A Place like Hogwarts or the Shire aren’t just nice backdrops, these types of Place become a kind of character—a character that informs and influences the story. This class will give you the tools needed to create a Place of power while showing you ways to use Place to add story elements like theme and tension.
Class 5) The Problem
If you’re like me you’d enjoy fewer problems in life, but your story isn’t life, so pile on those Problems! After you’ve finished this class, you’ll understand what it takes to be a pro Problem maker—adding both inner and outer Problems and increasing the severity of each Problem to keep your reader hooked.
Class 6) How Problems Solve the Goal
When you know where you want your story to finish, how do you create the steps required to achieve that goal? Through Problems! You’ve learned how to create Problems and now I’ll show you how to use those Problems to forge the scenes necessary to get your Person from Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After, To Be Continued, The End, or even Miserably Ever After.
Class 7) The Ten Essential Scenes
After editing hundreds of books, across all genres, I noticed a connection between stories that engaged and those that fell flat. The ones that worked included Ten Essential Scenes. Now, you’ll learn what these ten scenes are and how to incorporate them into your Outstanding Outline and more.
Class 8) Finishing Touches
It’s the little details that divide satisfactory from superb. In our final class you’ll combine all the knowledge you’ve learned and add in those little details needed to create an Outstanding Outline—an outline to meet your needs—an outline designed to help you write faster, increase creativity, and crush doubt.