Go From Hiring Someone Else to Fix Your Story
Learning How Your Story Works Under the Hood
The Plot Accelerator is book doctoring in a bottle. Now you’ll know when you’ve nailed your novel.
Traditional editing extrudes your words through a lengthy process of expensive manuscript edits before you’re even sure you’ve got a good thing going on.
There’s a better way.
Accelerator coaching is short-term, affordable book coaching that starts with your story. Don’t waste time and money polishing the writing of a story that isn’t yet ready for liftoff. Accelerator coaching shows you how to take charge of your novel’s development for yourself. You’ll learn the storytelling and writing techniques to fully implement your creative intentions.
Part 1: The Plot Accelerator
I love how you’ve distilled all these approaches … into a practical guide. Your material takes it from theory to practice. Brilliant!—Scott Jarol
No more crossing your fingers, slogging through 80,000-plus words, and handing the whole thing over to an editor to tear apart. The Plot Accelerator shows you how to build a strong story from the start.
The Plot Accelerator is the essential story development hack for busy people who don’t have time to pick through courses and books on the craft of writing fiction. It’s everything you need to know plus an analysis of your own novel—theory plus practice.
The Plot Accelerator is short-term, one-on-one coaching that translates your creative ideas into story and plot. Get up to speed with compact written tutorials—no time-consuming video sessions to plow through—and then analyze how the techniques work in your own manuscript. One-on-one feedback at every step makes this process about you and your story.
The Plot Accelerator is for you if:
- This is the first novel you’ve written or intend to have edited.
- You’re not sure if your plot or characters are working.
- Early readers are lukewarm about your story.
- You’ve started writing your novel but now you’re stuck.
- You’re having a hard time telling the story without multiple viewpoint characters.
After completing the Plot Accelerator course with Lisa … I’ve just hit 30K words after making a lot of cuts and reducing it to 15K. Now I’m back to where I started with a much stronger story. Nothing is lost in the process. The scenes that will never be read have enhanced my own understanding of the protagonist’s situation. Originally intended to be a novella, Collisville is now writing itself. Here’s to words that grow organically! Stories shouldn’t be forced. Motivation drives the characters. Characters drive the action! Action and reaction IS the story.—J. C. Thomas
Part 2: The Draft Accelerator
Now it’s time to put theory into practice. The Draft Accelerator shows you how to pull together your new insights and write a stronger next draft.
You’ll discover the plotting techniques that suit you best, how to construct effective scenes, and how to spot material that isn’t deepening or moving the story forward. Arm yourself for your next draft with best practices for professional-strength manuscript wrangling, a personalized checklist of revision priorities for your narrative technique and writing, and resources designed to help you over bumps in the road with characterization, dialogue, dramatic tension, pacing, and other vital story elements.
The Draft Accelerator is for you if:
- This is the first novel you’ve written.
- You’re not sure how to get from an outline to scenes on the page.
- You’re having a hard time writing dialogue that feels both natural and exciting.
- Early readers aren’t head over heels for your characters.
- You’ve finished your first draft and don’t know what to do next.
Bookings for the Draft Accelerator are currently closed.
Lisa is undoubtedly some manner of sorceress when it comes to identifying and fixing the dissonance that can so easily creep between the story you thought you wanted to tell and the one that landed on the page.—Luke R. Mitchell
Touchpoint monthly coaching minimizes story drift as you write while strengthening your narrative and writing technique. Choose monthly or twice-monthly touchpoints to keep you growing as a writer even as you finish writing your book.
Touchpoint monthly coaching is for you if:
- You learn best in smaller bites a little bit at a time.
- You want to see examples in your own writing of what’s working and what’s not.
- You want ongoing access to professional advice as you write.
- You need regular deadlines to keep you accountable.
Story Incubator coaching
The Story Incubator is a comprehensive program of development for your novel based on thoughtful, incremental coaching and editing. Whether you’re just beginning to write or you’ve already completed your manuscript, the Story Incubator shows you how to nurture your story from the kernel of a creative concept through story development, plotting, and writing to a flourishing manuscript.
Some book coaching programs are designed to get you to the finish line with a solid first draft; they’re editing-based personal coaching. The Story Incubator is coaching-based editing. Begin with full Accelerator coaching, then keep that support all the way through revision and editing.
Story Incubator coaching is for you if:
- This is the first novel you’ve written.
- You like following best practices and proven, classic techniques.
- You want coaching and editing.
- You want editing your book to teach you more about writing novels.
Bookings for Story Incubator coaching are currently closed.
Which direction should your story lead, this way or that? A True North Check is a 30-minute video or phone consultation covering your premise statement and one-page synopsis. It’s a high-level checkup of your story’s premise, story conflict, and stakes.
The True North Check is a coaching-style consultation for authors who are still developing their stories. It’s not designed to polish the synopsis of a completed manuscript in preparation for querying and submission.
Who It’s For: The True North Check is for authors who need to check the strength of their story concept and plot before or after the first draft.
Now I can’t imagine working with another editor . . . I really felt I was being pushed in the right direction from start to finish.—J.C. Thomas
Looking for an editor to accelerate your journey from new writer to emerging author? That editor could be me. Or maybe you want a book coach to steer you through story development and writing; I can help you with that, too.
If you’re ready to accelerate your novel, let’s work together.