Sunday, October 23, 2016

This Month: How to Your Defeat Writer's Fears - FOREVER seminar

Hi -This is Art

I want to talk to you about something that most writers are afraid to discuss.

There is something within YOU that could stop your writing career COLD– if you’re not prepared.

It’s Writer’s Block.

If you’re an experienced writer, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

That sudden, unexplainable roadblock that suddenly cuts off all your creativity.  It can come out of nowhere and shuts down your writing completely.

And there’s no way to really predict when or if it will hit you.

I know.  During the 1990’s, in the middle of a successful writing career, I was stricken with Writer’s Block – and it took me several years to find my way back.

At the time, there was really no good research and advice about how to face it and I had to struggle alone until eventually I fought my way back.

More importantly, there was no information available about how to PREVENT IT.

After 40 years of writing and a decade as a teacher and consultant, I decided it was time to confront the issue head on - to do the research and finally develop a strategy to defeat it once and for all.

I spent the better part of a year creating our new seminar, How to Defeat Your Writer’s Fears . . . FOREVER, to guarantee that you have the tools to make sure this never happens to you. 

And I wanted to bring to all of you who have joined me on our other seminars first at a very reduced price.

The seminar covers:

·         The only three reasons fear affects any writer - and the foolproof ways to combat each.

·         The ways that your fears and doubts can plant the seeds for Writer’s Block and what you can do to prevent it.

·         How to recognize EARLY ON the warning signs that your process may be in trouble.

·         And the one DEVASTATING event in every writer’s life that can stop you dead in your tracts – something that no one even considers possible - before it happens.

Here’s what some of my students have said about the seminar

“I’ve had Writer’s Block from my fears before and lived in real terror of it returning.  Art’s training got me focusing on the real power behind my talent.  I’ve never worried since.” – Audrey W.

“I’ve never had Writer’s Block, but I have seen what it has done to other writers.  I feel like I have the tools now to make sure it ever happens to me.”  - Peter P.

With the information in the seminar, you can:

·         Have a greater understanding of your own abilities and the place from which your ideas and talent originate.

·         Explore the nature of the fears that writers throughout history have faced – and how to conquer them.

·         Gain confidence both in your writing and in the career you are working so hard to create and build.

The seminar and workbook – the entire audio study course - is usually $79, but is now available to you - - for just $37 for a limited time - if you act now.

To order, you can either:

(1)   Send $37 to PayPal (to account:


(2)   Send a check for $37 to

Art Holcomb
3404 Donder Court
Suite 201
Riverside, CA 92507-4033

The seminar will be “go live” on
November 10th, with a link that you can access from any device –computer, tablet or smartphone FOREVER.  Or you can download it straight to your device.

But the special price of $37 is good until November 10th.  After that, the price will return to $79. So you need to ACT NOW!

Imagine, having a tool you can use on each new story to make it better, deeper, and more compelling to your reader and prospective publisher –and a way to eliminate this potentially crippling effect on your writing career .

I hope you can join us on this very special seminar!

Keep Writing,


PS: Please subscribe to this blog in the sign-up area in the right hand column to receive a very special FREE seminar in December!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Introducing STORYSKILLS!

Hi – this is Art Holcomb

Let me ask you a question . . .

Is this you?

 - You have a story idea but do not know where to begin?

 - Are you looking for some real, valuable and useful training to start your writing career?

 - Are you stuck in the middle of your story, unable to complete your wok?

 - Are you tired of the "writing tidbits" and "top ten lists" that promise to help you, but that don't seem to work with your story?

I've been teaching professional writers (novelists with their first sales and screenwriters you have optioned movie scripts) for more than a decade, getting people from their most basic idea through to their finished drafts of their passion projects.

But I know that there are others out there who need information and help getting their first work completed.

Several years ago, I created a ten-week audio study course for my professional clients – working novelists, screenwriters, playwrights and graphic novel creators, which lays out my personal way to teaching story creation for people who were interested in becoming working, highly paid writers. A way of looking at the process of storytelling that was unlike anything ever seen.

I came to realize that the same skills are needed by beginners.

The course is called StorySkills and was the foundation of my “Two Drafts – Two Polishes” approach to writing. The goal here was to get these working writers to think about their skills, talents and abilities is a whole new way. It incorporates the whole of my 20 year career and experience as a teacher, author and widely read columnist on Story and Craft for Creative Screenwriting Magazine.

In short, it’s the cornerstone of my approach.

StorySkills works like this: 

Every Monday for ten weeks, you will receive a seminar that you can listen to on your smartphone or computer, and it’s available to you forever. You can listen to whenever and wherever you like - when you need an inspiration of a tune-up on your skills.

The ten-week curriculum is as follows:

Week 1 - Training:
The “Process”: A program to train you to create stories quickly and organically
Perfecting your skills: Using what you already know to your best advantage
Refining your method: Filling in the gaps in your natural process

Week 2 - Premise:
Finding New Ideas: Seeing the World of Story all around you
Perfecting your Premise: Starting right – ending right
How to build a story: The 10 steps every story needs

Week 3 - Process: 
Do you write in Marble or Clay? - Making the most out of your natural process
Two Drafts – Two Polishes: Getting the most out of your writing time

Week 4 - Depth:
Your “Personal Story Arc”: Using your life as the power behind your writing
The “Two Questions”: The guiding principles behind all great writing

Week 5 – Procrastination:
The Reasons why we procrastinate
How to stop procrastinating forever

Week 6 - Pre-Write:

Intro to Story Dreaming: Why the typing is that LAST thing you need to do
The “String of Pearls”: Stop worrying about structure and create great scenes naturally

Week 7 - Theme:
The Central Question: Answering the story question you most want to ask
Your Personal Themes: Understanding the real power behind your talent

Week 8 - Plot:
Obligatory scenes: Understanding the only two important parts to any story
Set-up and Pay-off: How to truly make a story compelling
“The Chain”: Scene and sequel

Week 9 - Character:
The Rule Book: Understanding your character's true motivation
The Relationship Chart: The real power behind great characters
The Protagonist/Audience Connection: The true path to finding your fans

Week 10 - Flow:
The Cabin by the Lake: The secret to instant motivation
Pomodoro: The key to great productivity
Achieving a Flow State: Write deeply no matter where you are

I’m very proud of the series. It has been used by more than 500 working writers here in the US and Canada, each one dedicated to making a career of writing. The series has been so successful that, starting next year, I will be teaching it internationally – and it will be translated into Spanish, French, Italian and Cantonese.

As my way of saying thanks for joining me so far, I will be offering it for a brief time at a reduced price!

Regularly, it is $497 – but it is available to you for more than 50% off – for only $197!

In addition to the ten seminars, you’ll get these other FREE bonuses:

  • The teleseminar and workbook, Creating Great Characters – usually $79, but yours free.
  • My new collection of the best writing articles that internet has to offer, each one with information I believe is truly valuable to you now. Over 50 pages of great advice – all free to you when you sign-up for StorySkills.
  • My list of the only writing books you will ever need. The best of what’s available from the best teachers today. The list is yours FREE when you join StorySkills.

The price is good through October 31st – after that, the series will go back to its full price.

So to get the ten week StorySkills seminars, the Character seminar/workbook, the collection of great articles and my list of ten great writing books, all you have to do is either:

(1) Send $197 to PayPal (to account:


(2) Send a check for $197 to

          Art Holcomb
          3404 Donder Court
          Riverside, CA 92507-4033

You’ll get this all for one price, as my way to saying thanks for making these summer talks such a great success. It is you that helps make both me and my work better and I just wanted to show my appreciation.

I hope you join us for this once-in-a-lifetime offer. Feel free to write to me at  with any questions.

All the best – and Keep Writing!