Writing a book (or a screenplay) is not for the faint of heart. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not saying that only a few people have the talent to write. Everyone has stories to tell. But story telling is more than the sum of talent, inspiration, dedication and craft. When I first started down the road of writing a screenplay, it was as if I’d set forth on a journey without a map, car, or even the resources needed to take me from Point A to B, never mind my destination. That’s when I started looking around for help and I came across the Plot Whisperer, aka, Martha Alderson. Her wonderful series of videos were just what I needed. I devoured the videos, bought her book and felt confident enough to start writing screenplays.
So, when I heard that Martha and Jill Corcoran were launching a blog tour for their PlotWriMo for Revising Your Novel in a Month video series, I signed up. I hope that you will benefit from these video series as much as I have. And please don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway (right at the end of this post) for a chance to win some amazing prizes.
Let’s introduce you first to this program!
Two video series with more in production:
1) PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month
8 videos, 5.5 hours + 3- hands-on exercises
Congratulations! You have written a draft of a novel. You’ve accomplished what many
writers merely talk about and dream of doing – you have written an entire story from
beginning to end. When you finish celebrating, it is time to revise: to re-envision and
rewrite what you’ve written into a novel that agents, editors and readers will devour.
Writing a great plot involves craft and skill and know-how. Before you undertake a major
rewrite, first consider your story from all angles with the help of step-by-step instruction
and daily exercises. You know you’re ready to rewrite when you’ve checked all the
essentials elements for creating an exciting story with compelling characters and a
2) How to Write and Sell a Picture Book with a Plot
7 videos explain how to plot, write and sell picture books + provide exercises how to
immediately integrate the concepts into your own unique story. Learn about all the
different kinds of picture books, examples of character-driven and action-driven picture
books, how to develop winning picture book concepts, what are the major turning points
in every great picture book with a plot, writing, voice, character goals and motivation,
how to revise, testing your theme and take-away, who to submit to and so much more…
Here’s How the Video Series Work
Each video includes an in-depth look at the specific elements promised and how to
consider these essential story principles as you write, revise, rewrite, sell your story.
Writing assignment(s) guide you with step-by-step instruction.
Whether you decide to watch all the videos in a row and then go back and do the
exercises or jump right in to the 1st video’s exercise, work at your own pace and take
more or less time on the step-by-step exercises. The series are designed to fit into even
the busiest of schedules. Sign-in and watch video lectures, complete homework
assignments, and ask questions in a public forum on a timetable that fits your needs.
Let’s introduce you to Jill and Martha now!!
Martha Alderson, author of The
Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, is known
as “The Plot Whisperer” for the help she offers writers worldwide. She is the
founder of PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month and the award-winning blog The
These ladies not only brought us these amazing author tools, but also offer another service with 2 levels of Participation (Participants and Observers):
2nd Thursday of every month
Active Participants and Observers
ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS: 8 authors each have 15 minutes to work with The Plot
Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran on whatever you want help
with. Read part of your manuscript, query, discuss energetic markers, concept, brainstorm
plot, characters, etc and receive feedback you can immediately apply to your work.
Active participants must watch either Plotwrimo: Revise Your Novel in a Month or How
to Write & Sell a Picture Book Videos. This gives us a common language and baseline
understanding of underlying plot and story concepts for better communication.
Receive a critique of your First Pages, Query, Concept, or get help with your Characters,
Where to Start your Story, Crisis, Climax, etc. It is your time…your choice
***OBSERVERS: 15 observer spots. As an observer, you do not participate/read your
work, but listen and learn from others during these sessions.
SO MUCH HARD WORK FROM THESE LADIES! LET’S SEE WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THESE VIDEOS AND SERVICES:
Reviews of the series:
“The amount of time, heartache, frustration, and hell that these videos are saving me from
“Don’t wait until you have a first draft to get the video series. If you have an inkling of a
concept, get the video series. The videos will show you how to define your energetic
markers. You’ll learn the difference between crisis and climax. The 8 videos constitute a
‘top to toe’ writing course. Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson, thank you for giving me
the opportunity to call myself a writer with pride.” Dolly D Napal
“I have been writing, writing, writing, and reading about writing, but I knew I was still
missing the mark. How I write and rewrite books will be forever changed for the better. “
Wendy McLeon MacKnight
“I felt overwhelmed with my latest revision. I feel like a weight has been lifted and I’m
just on day one.”
Last, but not least, these ladies offer a fantastic workship to help people actively learn from the
A PATH TO PUBLISHING services.
A Path to Publishing Workshops:
We often tailor-make an advanced workshop for writers who have watched the series to
ask questions and receive feedback on your own individual story.
A Path to Publishing Facebook Group
Everyone is welcome to join A Path to Publishing Facebook group created by Literary
Agent Jill Corcoran and Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson as safe, smart, fun alcove for
writers and illustrators to share and learn about the craft of writing and the book biz. This
is NOT a place to sell your books but a wonderful forum for us all to advance our skills,
our creativity, and our dreams plus learn about what Jill and Martha are up to at A PATH
Be sure to follow along and see what others are saying about these services and how they have helped them! Read individual reviews and more information about how this video series can help you!
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AND NOW, JILL AND MARTHA ARE OFFERING SOME AMAZING PRIZES TONIGHT. SO BE SURE TO ENTER AND SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS EVENT AND THEIR WONDERFUL VIDEO SERIES!