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One-on-One Coaching

I believe that the best way to write a novel, memoir or screenplay is to work with a story coach from the beginning. The problem with writing it in a vacuum is that so often a story goes off the rails early on, and then everything that follows is largely irrelevant. Which too often means page one rewrite or unnecessary frustration!
Figuring out what your story is about before you write (or revise) it, and then making sure that it’s clear, engaging and on the page from the very first sentence is the only thing that actually cuts down on rewriting time (not to mention the strong possibility of having to ditch an entire draft.)

Will you rewrite each chapter several times as you go? Probably. But you won’t be polishing it, you’ll be making sure that it gives readers what they come for: the experience of being inside the protagonist’s skin, as they wrestle with their own inner demons in order to solve the escalating story problem.

The key thing to remember is this: your story isn’t simply about the plot; it’s about how the plot affects your protagonist. Step-by-step this challenge of pitting a character against external events to create or realize internal change is why readers read commercial fiction.

PACKAGE 1.

With this package, you’ll turn in up to 30 pages, twice a month, and here’s what you can expect from me:​​​
A one-hour phone call to discuss each assignment (that’s 2 calls a month). I will read your pages, and we’ll discuss them in depth, pinpointing what works, what doesn’t, and why. Together we’ll brainstorm, and then decide what the next move might be: rewriting, moving ahead, or diving into the protagonist’s backstory to find out more about what, specifically, triggered the demons and desires the story forces him or her to struggle with.
A specific assignment every two weeks, based on our phone conversation.
A ruthless whip-cracker, cheerleader and someone who cares about your story as much as you do, sees it as vividly as you do and believes in it — and you — 100%.

PRICING: $450/month

If you have questions, or would like to schedule one-on-one coaching, drop my Assistant Elizabeth an email at Assistant@MaryBuckham.com and we’ll get started. Payment is in advance either by check or paypal.

PACKAGE 2.

Need to get some quick focus or direction with your writing?
With this package, we’ll focus on one or two elements to kick start your story. You’ll turn in up to 30 pages, and here’s what you can expect from me:​​​
A one-hour phone call to discuss your pages. I will read your pages, and we’ll discuss them in depth, pinpointing what works, what doesn’t, and why. Together we’ll brainstorm, and then decide what the next move might be: rewriting, moving ahead, or diving into the protagonist’s backstory to find out more about what, specifically, triggered the demons and desires the story forces him or her to struggle with.
A ruthless whip-cracker, cheerleader and someone who cares about your story as much as you do, sees it as vividly as you do and believes in it — and you — 100%.

PRICING: $250/month

If you have questions, or would like to schedule one-on-one coaching, drop my Assistant Elizabeth an email at Assistant@MaryBuckham.com and we’ll get started. Payment is in advance either by check or paypal.

Limited number of sessions each month. Be sure to save your spot early!