Masters in Story Theory(From Habit 2)
What is a story? Why do stories exist?
Your mind is made from narrative. Life events are narrative. Everything you know only has meaning in a narrative context. In the second habit of writers who get published, using entertaining examples from stories and film clips, we get to understand linguistics and how stories trigger the mental reflexes we use to make memories.
If you happen to be in advertising or politics you will also learn how stories can be crafted in slightly more insidious ways to plant memories we didn't know we had, too...
You will understand in simple, intuitive terms the overlap between the power in a story and how the mind works.
Masters in Story Theory(From Habit 2)
Knowledge Gaps and Subtext
If your friend shouts: "Oh, My God! That woman is SUCH a--!"
You just finished that sentence, didn't you?! (Shame on you...) You filled in the gap. You completed the narrative logic. Instinctively. Unconsciously. Automatically.
Do you instinctively create a narrative progression from the static image, below? Do you project forwards and predict what will happen? This is what we do. In small, medium, large and epic. And we do it the time.
Using interactive examples, the light begins to shine on the critical role that narrative plays in how our mind works, and exactly how every story gets its power to make you love it, take ownership and feel gripped.
A Story Development Process(From Habit 3)
From Story Seed to Silver Screen
Follow the documented creation of my film story, Bella, I take you on the full story development process, from the first seed of the idea to the final glorious production. You will see the original idea, the premise getting fleshed out, development of the step outline, the final script coming to life. You can read the idea, the premise, the step outline, the script and you can have EXCLUSIVE access to the finished film itself.
I will be doing the same thing for a major story development in the coming year to create a 100,000 word novel, entitled Mayakin, from nothing to a novel and a premiere in London and LA on the silver screen (through my film production company, Skylark Vision).
I'm also working online in real time with aspiring writers - members of the DreamEngine community - so you can watch the development process in action. The first of these is there already - come watch my Zoom Calls With an Author!
Story Analysis(From Habit 7)
Ultimate Power - The Storification Dynamic
Storification sounds complicated, but by using childrens' stories, short films and lots of well-known story examples you will fully understand how it works, because you will experience storification in your own mind. From here, I will show you how to make that happen for someone else. This is the ultimate tool in the craft of story creation.
It's about recognising that the power of a story lies in what it means to the receiver. That is a story's real powerbase... and you will understand how that power is crafted into place by the events depicted through character behaviours in the narration. That power will become accessible to you in terms of your own stories... and now you are a writer who understands their craft.
Marketing Through Story(From Habit 4)
The MAIN Reason Writers Fail...
One word: Marketing. You don't do it, and what you do doesn't work.
In habit's 4 and 5 we learn everything there is to know about marketing - I mean everything, from sales funnels to copywriting - and it's all done using story branding. That is, a type of marketing that uses story dynamics to frame your marketing campaign.
Secret 1: It's not about selling books. It's about creating a brand and what I call a 'mythology' around yourself and your characters or expertise.
Secret 2: When you come to sell yourself and your product, the hero of your story... is not you.
Secret 3: If you do even a minimal amount of EFFECTIVE marketing, you will increase your chances of getting a deal exponentially.
The Secret Sauce(From Habit 6)
The Secret Sauce...
Habit number six provides the secret sauce that not only takes you from where you are today to an absolute certainty of getting published, but also...
...I Guarantee It.
How? Well, I will become your personal mentor, work with you on your story, your marketing and your pitch targets. This is a paid service, and you do have to qualify in order to work with me; that is, you must complete the 7 Habits course and you must write a full-length manuscript.
However, that's all you have to do. You WILL get published. And I WILL guarantee it.