become a successful Storyteller 

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There are three things that you need to commit to if you're going to be a successful storyteller. 

 

Those three things are:

 

1. Learn

 

You must learn as much as you can about craft and storytelling and how it all works (or doesn't work). This is the foundation of your storytelling abilities.

 

Without a clear understanding and grasp of the principles of craft, you'll end up spinning your wheels for years and years (and years) and still not have a story that's finished or good enough to publish. This is what happens to most writers.

 

Mastering craft is the most important thing you can do for yourself as a writer and storyteller. 

 

Like any other endeavor, whether you're playing a sport, an instrument, dancing or doing something else that’s creative, there's always a level of craft that comes into play. There are always principles and rules and foundations you must be aware of.

 

Otherwise you won't ever be very good at what you're doing.

 

2. Study

 

You must spend time every week studying good storytelling, in movie and/or book format. The best way to learn is to study from people who've got it figured out.

 

The more movies you watch and the more novels you read, the more you'll start to see these elements of craft laid out right in front of you.

 

I can't watch a movie or read a book now without the plot points jumping out at me. Craft is that ingrained in me now.

 

And I'm grateful for it. Because the more movies I watch and the more books I read, the more I realize craft and storytelling works the same no matter what you're writing.

 

Pro writers know it. Bestselling authors know it. (Or if they don't know it, their editor does and makes sure their final product aligns with these principles.)

 

Exactly like when you're in high school or college, studying is an important tool that allows you to master the material. 

 

Same goes for storytelling. You can't expect to be a good or even great storyteller without studying A LOT. 

 

And unlike high school and college where the studying becomes tedious and annoying (and just a means to an end), studying storytelling is actually a hell of a lot of fun and enjoyment.

 

When I was in my hardcore studying phase (and who am I kidding? I still study story on the daily), I was watching upwards of two to three movies a day, breaking down the exposition and attempting to figure out the plot points.

 

Without studying as much as I have, I wouldn't be even half the storyteller I am today.

 

3. Practice

 

You must practice what you've been learning and studying by working on your own stories. That includes developing ideas, planning them out and actually sitting down and writing them, as well as revising and finishing them.

 

This is a must. And, sadly, this is often the step writers go straight to, without making any stops at step one and step two.

 

It may seem fun to just sit down and start writing, without any knowledge of craft or storytelling, but eventually you'll realize it's like a rocking chair... fun for a while, but it's not getting you anywhere. 

 

At some point, you get tired of "shooting the basketball at the hoop in your driveway." You want more. You want to be able to play with other people. You want to play in a pickup game.

 

You want to be able to win.

 

But you can't do that if you're not first learning, studying and then practicing on your own stories. Practice only gets you so far if you don't have a foundation in place for making sure you understand what it is you have to do to be successful.

 

This storytelling thing isn't for the faint of heart. 

 

So, which step have you skipped? Or if you haven't skipped any, which step do you need to spend more time on? 

 

The Storytelling Mastermind focuses on all three of these foundational pieces to being a good storyteller and MORE.

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  • The Bestselling Author Content Library
    (a $10,000 value)

    This library contains everything you need to develop, plan, write, revise, publish, sell and market your books. 

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  • Private Facebook Group
    (a $1,500 value)

    This Facebook group is for mastermind members only and is an easy, direct way to connect with other writers and Jennifer Blanchard. 

PLUS YOU ALSO GET...

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    You have access to Jennifer in the Facebook group whenever you need feedback, support, guidance or have questions. 

  • 5x A Week Live-Virtual Writing/Work Sessions (a $1,000 value)

    Monday through Friday, we have virtual meet ups in our private Facebook group where we work on our writing and stories at the same time. 

BRAND NEW TRAININGS, RESOURCES AND CONTENT EVERY WEEK

Every week you'll get access to a brand new training, resource or lesson to help you become a even better storyteller and to continue deepening your understanding of craft.

ACCOUNTABILITY CHECK INS 3X A WEEK (AND 2X A MONTH)

On the first and final day of each month, as well as on Monday, Thursday and Sunday of each week, we do accountability check ins. These help keep you moving forward and getting shit done.

FREE ACCESS TO ALL OF JENNIFER'S WORKSHOPS AND DIGITAL PRODUCTS UNDER $100

You get free access to all of the workshops and digital products I create that cost $100 or less (which is most of them), plus 50% off the ones that cost more than $100.

--Laura Lützen, Mastermind Member

HELLO!

I’m Jennifer Blanchard

I'm an Author, Screenwriter, Developmental Book Editor, Story Coach and the Founder of The Storytelling Mastermind.

 

After YEARS of struggling to write a great story, I stumbled across my mentor, Larry Brooks, and his teachings on story structure and it literally changed everything for me.

 

Since I began implementing everything I've learned from Larry and all of my studying and practicing, I have:

  • Published my debut novel, SoundCheck, which got rave reviews from readers
     
  • Had my screenplay, The Rules, place as a Semi-Finalist in the Stage32 Rom-Com Script Contest

This is not accidental. It all happened because I mastered the principles of craft and good storytelling.

 

It took me a decade+ to get here. In this mastermind, I will help you save time, cut years off your learning curve and help you speed up your success.


"The thing that has most helped me is the unique and powerful mindset practices that Jen teaches in this group. Since joining, I’m absolutely committed to writing every day, no matter what else is going on. I’ve finally accepted the fact that small chunks of time add up, and I am seeing the results in terms of increased productivity: more blog posts, more time spent on my novel revisions, and gearing up to write/produce another film. And I was so inspired by seeing Jen become an Amazon best selling author, I just hit ‘publish’ on my very first eBook."​

MARY DEROSA HUGHES

www.MaryDeRosaHughes.com

“The accountability and mindset work are what have helped me most. The accountability is exactly what I wanted. Since joining the group, I’ve written a complete novel beat sheet/outline, written 23,000 words, thought up ideas for two eBooks that will get outlined in the fall, and edited/partially rewrote a political issue fact sheet targeted at the US presidential candidates and edited/partially rewrote a political issues video script–things I’ve never done before and wouldn’t have dared to do before creating my ‘pro mindset‘.”​

KYM KETTLER-PADDOCK

Mastermind Member

“I get inspired by hearing about where others are at along the journey. I devour Jennifer’s suggestions and mini-videos. I like listening to her talk! She gets me going. What I like best is the sincerity and tenacity of the members. I like being a witness to our members successes and dreams. Since joining the group, I’ve become a Featured Contributor to the blog, Sixtyandme.com–I write a bi-monthly post for them now; I’ve created 1/2 of a new novel. Always holding a heart space for our group and the love of craft.”

STEPHANIE RAFFELOCK

www.StephanieRaffelock.com

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