Plot Brainstorming Sessions: From Stuck to Storyline In One Hour
Create page-turning plots that readers love, with one simple phone call
With the immense amount of fiction coming out digitally these days, it takes a compelling story to break out of the pack and get your novel the attention it deserves. But how do you create that breakout storyline when you’re stuck, discouraged, or overwhelmed by possible choices?
In a one hour phone call, you can get the clarity you need to create strong character arcs. and a page-turning three-act plot.
How plot sessions work:
I’ll ask you about your story: who it’s about, what it’s about, and some gut level “what story do you want to tell” questions regarding theme, scenes, and genre.
(Don’t worry — this is usually a five or ten minute block of confusion, with a big chaotic mess of half-formed possibilities. It’s completely natural and totally expected!)
Once that’s on the table (and out of your head,) the fun begins.
By the time the session is over, you’ll know:
- Your inciting incident — the opening catalyst
- Your first plot point — the springboard that launches your character towards his goal
- Your midpoint — the turning point from passive to active
- Your third plot point — the calm before the storm, and the turning point before the third act.
- Your “Black Moment” — the climax, a.k.a. “the worst thing that can happen to your character in terms of his/her goal.“
- Your resolution — the payoff for your character’s arc, and how the story ends
If you have more than one character, plot points will be developed for each.
During the course of our call, I’ll ask lots of questions to help you get clear about what you want to write (and why you want to write it.) I’ll make suggestions, but always based on your choices. Ultimately, this is always going to be your novel: you have the final say, and we’ll brainstorm until you reach writing choices you’re happy with.
Relief when you’re “stuck” on your story.
Most of my clients feel a sense of relief when we untangle and “unstick” their storylines, helping them get a clear roadmap to where they want their novels to go. They go back to writing feeling energized, with a new sense of excitement about their projects.
A single plot session costs
SPECIAL! For the month of September 2021 only, I’m running a special price. I am offering sessions for $100 per hour, rather than the usual $150.
The fine print:
Sessions must be used by September 30, 2022. Limit five (5) sessions per client. We can discuss anything during your session, if you’d like to apply the hour towards more granular story issues versus overall plot.
Sessions are NOT recorded. That said, if you’d like a recorded session, you are welcome to use recording software.
All sessions are domestic U.S. phone calls, or international Skype calls. There may be internet issues, in which case you will be issued a refund.
Sessions are prepaid. There is a 50% cancellation fee for less than 48 hours notice. (See the boring policy page for more details.)
Money back guarantee.
I’ve worked with a wide range of clients, from established series romance authors, to epic fantasy writers with huge casts of characters and multiple plot lines, to new writers still figuring out their first stories.
Almost all of them end our calls feeling relieved with the new clarity of their story direction, refreshed from feeling “stuck,” and energized to get back to the actual writing.
I want you to be happy with the outcome of your call. If you’re dissatisfied with the session, let me know on the call, and I’ll refund your money immediately
How to set up a plot session.
Contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll schedule a date for you, as well as give you contact details, and a payment link. We use Paypal for billing. After you’ve ordered a session, you will receive an invoice via email. If you have any questions, feel free to email, as well!
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought a little brainstorming couldn’t hurt. I was even a little afraid that she wouldn’t understand my story and that she’d try to suggest undesirable changes.
Within the first fifteen minutes of the call, Cathy understood my story and began offering helpful questions and prompts. She helped me to focus on the black moment in my current manuscript. Although I had the entire story planned, I still felt that it was missing that great peak. By the end of the call, I was excited to implement the new elements into my story. I couldn’t wait to get off the call and get back to writing.”
“Cathy’s brain worked like a high-level computer—I downloaded my themes, characters and descriptions, she processed it all on the spot, and spat out all the questions and critiques I needed to turn ideas into a book. I didn’t believe one hour could make such a difference! Her razor-sharp observations boiled it down in record time. It was money well spent.”
“Thanks to her advice and plot tips I have a better view of how my book will look like at the end. One thing I recognized was that she would not tell me what I wanted to hear, she was there to give me honest feedback, good or bad… I will be sure to use her services again!”
Story help is just a phone call away.
Email today. Let’s iron out that plot line and get you writing!