You know you have a story to tell, but you can’t seem to get it out.
You’re not sure where to start and you’re feeling stuck. You’ve tried several different angles, but nothing seems to be working.
You’re frustrated and worried you’ll never be able to write your novel.
I totally understand. And I created the Idea to Draft program especially for you.
The Idea to Draft Mentorship Program
In the Idea to Draft mentorship program you will turn your story idea into the first draft of a novel with the help of a professional story and fiction-writing coach.
You’ll walk away with:
- A completed first draft (the best first draft you could possibly have)
- Your dream of being an author will finally be a reality
- Confidence in your writing and in yourself as a writer
“If I didn’t sign up to work with Jennifer, my story would still only exist in my imagination, and I wouldn’t be at 72,000 words in my work-in-progress“–Chrissy Medeiros, 2013 Idea to Draft Grad >> Read Chrissy’s Case Study
Here’s What We’ll Do During Our Time Together
Over the course of 90 days we will work on:
Concept Creation and Characters
We’ll turn your initial story idea from an “idea seed” into a fully grown story Concept and Premise. Then we’ll shape up your cast of characters.
After determining your core story, we’ll create the structure that will be the backbone of your entire novel.
Once your structure is solid, we’ll build a scene-by-scene roadmap that you will use as your guide while you’re writing.
Writing the Draft
You’ll do the writing, and I’ll give you feedback and content edits on as you go along.
You’ll walk away from this program with a kick-ass first draft
“Jen’s incredible knack for mixing kick-in-the-ass calls to action with compassion got me past my blocks, and I finally finished my first novel“–Mary DeRosa Hughes, 2012 Idea to Draft Grad
Idea to Draft Includes
- Four content modules on the executional aspects of writing a novel (Concept Creation, Character, Structure and Scene Building)–plus assignments so you can execute the modules on your story ($1,500 value)
- 12 weeks of sound-boarding, accountability and feedback from a professional writing coach as your story develops ($3,500 value)
- 12 weeks of unlimited access to me in a private 1-to-1 Facebook group (it’ll just be me and you in there), so you can ask questions and get support between calls ($3,500 value)
- 12, 60-minute coaching calls (via phone or Skype), one every week, plus recordings ($5,500 value)
- A review of your full story plan by Larry Brooks, a bestselling author and story coach ($245 value)
And you’ll learn a repeatable process for developing, planning and writing a novel (Priceless)
You’ll also get the following:
|Bonus #1||Story Engineering by Larry Brooks ($15 value)|
|The book that inspired this program–you need to own a copy of it. (If you already have a copy, let me know and I’ll send you his second book, Story Physics, instead.) Note: if you’re an American student you’ll receive a printed copy; if you’re an International student, you’ll receive an electronic copy.|
|Bonus #2||Pen Name: How To Create Yours by Jennifer Blanchard ($8 value)|
|When you start writing novels, a thought comes to your mind: will I publish under my real name or will I use a pen name? This eGuide includes a large variety of suggestions for where to find pen name ideas, as well as worksheets to help you create your perfect pen name. As an added bonus, you can use this book to come up with names for all of your characters.|
|Bonus #3||Butt-In-Chair by Jennifer Blanchard ($10 value)|
|There are three major things that get in the way of doing the writing: Fear, Distractions and Disorganization. This is your guide to moving past these three blocks, sitting down and getting your writing done.|
|Bonus #4||Scrivener writing software ($45 value)|
|This is the go-to software for organizing, planning and writing your novel draft. Available for Mac or PC, you will love the flexibility this program allows for.|
|Bonus #5||After Your First Draft by Jennifer Blanchard (Graduation Bonus) ($150 value)|
|This will give you detailed steps for what to do after you’ve finished your first draft, including a process for revising your draft.|
Your Investment: $2,500
“The tasks of designing and constructing a roller coaster structure are different than the task of riding a roller coaster. And yet many writers approach designing and constructing a story the same way they would reading a story. Jennifer Blanchard gives you the background and the tools you’ll need to design and construct your story structure. She coaches you with questions and suggestions to point out story holes or weaknesses that you may not have seen, but she has from the many stories she’s analyzed. Jennifer’s coaching has been a pleasant mind-expanding experience for me. I cannot imagine writing any other way now that I’ve used this process. To the naysayer I would say, structure does not stifle creativity it provides freedom.”–Ken Auteur, 2014 Idea to Draft Grad
Is This Program Right For You?
This mentorship program isn’t for everyone.
It’s for you if you:
- Want to write a novel that flows and fits together cohesively
- Desire a process that allows you to write a novel that works (and then be able to repeat it over and over again)
- Are committed to yourself and to your writing
- Will put in the work required to see results
- Need support, accountability and feedback from a professional story and writing coach
This wouldn’t be the right program for you if you’re:
- A true “Pantser” (who only wants to write by the seat of your pants)
- Refuse to be open to planning your story out in detail before you write it
- Not willing to show up and do the work
“I didn’t finish my whole draft, but I did get just more than three-quarters of the way through, which is the furthest I’ve ever come in any of my writing. I truly believe it never would have happened without this program“–Paula Thorne, 2014 Idea to Draft Grad >> Read Paula’s Case Study
“Idea to Draft is all about helping you put Larry Brooks’ storytelling principles to work. It’s the practical application of theory, if you like. This is never easy to do without knowledgeable guidance, in any endeavour. More specifically, writing a novel can seem like a huge, overwhelming undertaking.
Jennifer’s step-by-step approach breaks it down into very manageable individual tasks. You just lay down one brick today, another the next. Anyone can do that. Then one day you look back and realise your wall is already half built. The intimidation factor is completely gone.
I am beginning to allow myself to think of myself as a fiction writer. This is because I know now the things that a fiction writer needs to know to get the work done. You cannot put a price on this.”–Christopher Y., 2014 Idea to Draft grad