Get ready for a game-changer.
There isn’t a writer anywhere who hasn’t wondered why nothing they produce can come close to the quality of the stories that inspired them to write in the first place.
We all know there’s something different about certain works of fiction. Literary or genre, they tower above everything else. Even if some of these novels aren’t our particular taste in writing or genre, we can’t help but admire them. They’re iconic. They become cultural touchstones. We know them without even really knowing them.
They’re exemplary works of coherence, authenticity, credibility, authority, and mastery. They’re timeless. They transcend culture. Somehow they speak to everyone even as they might appear to be speaking only to a few. They drill down into the bedrock of our humanity and stay there.
But what’s so special about these masterworks that keeps readers engaged for years and generations – sometimes centuries? Is it only about genius or natural talent?
Nobody has ever studied them to find out what they might have in common that can help writers understand the qualities that go into the conception, creation, and composition of high-engagement fiction.
Developmental Narrative is an online course based on the deconstruction, analysis, and reinterpretation of key developmental and infrastructural qualities found only in high-engagement fiction.
Whether you’re writing genre or literary, linear or abstract, whether you’re just starting out, in the middle of a project that’s going off the rails, or manuscript-ready, Developmental Narrative can help you understand the side of the writer’s work that lets the story born in your imagination come to life in the reader’s imagination.
That’s narrative. Narrative is communication. It’s dynamic, and it’s a dialogue. It requires process literacy.
Writing is expression. It’s static, and it’s a monologue. It requires task literacy.
Writers can get help for task literacy anywhere. There’s nothing else out there anyhow – it’s offered in books, workshops, courses, author advice. It’s online for free. Industry boilerplate is like that: always available and accessible, its worth reflected in its discounted value.
That’s the narrow focus of the writing paradigm that dictates how writers approach fiction. The workshop model is part of that paradigm.
Taking your cues from writers won’t help with process literacy, though. Neither will any of those other sources.
The only place you can find that kind of information is inside the actual text itself, and there isn’t a writer anywhere with enough clarity and consciousness about his or her own work to deconstruct and evaluate the qualities that trigger and sustain reader engagement.
Until now nobody has ever studied high-engagement narrative text to understand what it is or how to present it to writers in a way that isn’t prescriptive and doesn’t put a creative straitjacket on writers, but instead actually allows them to find their own unique voice and the stories they were born to write.
Developmental Narrative offers writers the process literacy needed to communicate their hard work to the reader the way it’s done deep inside the best fiction the world has ever seen.
Through Developmental Narrative, writers will learn:
- How master narratives teach the true source of voice
- How to establish the narrative DNA that defines both story and character as well as their development and interactions
- The role context plays in powerful narrative development
- The missing link between writer, story, and reader that creates reader engagement
- Exactly how the lines of communication are established and maintained between writer and reader
- The secret inside master narratives that keeps a story on track and focused
- How master narratives create momentum from character/story synergies
- How to create a working narrative infrastructure – the neurological, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal systems of a story that give it life and momentum
Developmental Narrative is offered in modules so writers can take the time to unlearn bad old habits and process new knowledge and practices. Modules include lecture, examples that demonstrate each lesson, surveys, exercises, self-testing, and praxis (the application of theory). Each module features a dedicated forum for discussion and questions.
If being able to successfully communicate a story that engages readers were easy we’d all be producing masterpieces.
But it’s not easy and neither is this course. The material and exercises are demanding and require dedication and time to process – intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally.
That’s why a modular approach works best.
The course begins with the way voice and story are mined from within the writer first, then moves on to studying and developing powerful narrative context that forms the DNA upon which story and character choices will depend – and without which narrative cannot evolve without turning into a weak, meaningless, incoherent waste of effort.
Finally, along with the exclusive NarraForm tool, writers will be guided step by step through the process of infrastructural development that forms the complete circulatory, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems that infuse the best story you’ll ever compose with a life force.
Developmental Narrative expands the writer’s experience beyond the writing paradigm.
This is the narrative paradigm. It’s bigger than just the writer and the writing. It’s big enough to include narrative and reader as well so the writer’s work doesn’t shrink down to a mere vanity project with only the poorest prospects of triggering and sustaining reader engagement.
You can keep on doing what you’ve always done, and what the industry has done – focusing on expression and your own monologue – or you can take that leap into a new paradigm.
Let Developmental Narrative show you how.
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