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Where the journey begins

If you want to learn how to write a great romance story, a story that means something, a story with heart, then this is the place to start. My series of Story Fundamentals courses will guide you through the process of planning your novel. Work independently and at your own pace through the modules, to which you’ll have life-time access, to shape and mould your seed of an idea* into a complete and detailed story outline. That outline will serve as your roadmap when you sit down to write the first or next draft of your novel. In other words, you’ll know exactly where you’re headed.

*Struggling to come up with an idea for your novel? Check out my free resource, So You Want to Write a Romance Story with Heart?, and follow the three-step process for developing a concept for a story with heart.

My approach

My Story Fundamentals courses are a culmination of my study of story structure and the romance genre over the last decade. The knowledge I’ve gained in that time has been whittled down into a fourteen-step story-planning process, which is split over the three Story Fundamentals courses.

I base my teaching of story and character development on my interpretation of Michael Hauge’s Six-Stage Story Structure, which in turn is based on the well-known 3-Act Structure and the Hero’s Journey. My program differs from these teachings in that it specifically takes into account the genre expectations of romance. We explore what each story stage and turning point looks like in a romance, with examples taken from pop culture.

“As an up-and-coming romance writer, I have found Libby to be an amazing book coach. Her step by step guidance in working through the fundamentals of storytelling and her structured technique have both been instrumental in inspiring me to be a better writer.”

MIA JACKSON – aspiring romance author

How it works

The courses are scaffolded, meaning they build on the knowledge and skills you acquire in each, so they need to be completed in order. To put it into perspective, you can try to bake a cake, but unless you’ve mixed up all the ingredients required, the outcome will not be palatable, nor what you expected. For those who enrol in my courses, I want the outcome to be not just palatable but downright delicious. I want the outcome to exceed your expectations. And for that reason, I must ensure that you have all the ingredients required to write a strong, structurally sound and well-paced story outline. Those ingredients are found in each step of the program.

Each step is broken down into topics that explain that particular element of story. Once you’ve acquired the knowledge you need, you will be directed to complete the corresponding task in the workbook provided.

The cost

Courses are AUD $60 each, so you can purchase the first course to see whether it’s for you before going on to purchase the others, or you can commit to developing your writing craft right from the get-go and purchase them as a bundle for AUD $150, saving you AUD $30. It’s completely up to you. There’s also an option to purchase the whole coaching package.

Follow the links below to the relevant course pages to learn more.

Where to next?

In the courses above, you will be directed to complete five extensive and thought-provoking assignments designed to help you flesh out and plan your story. Upon completing the assignments, if you find that you’d like more personalised guidance, you can purchase the option to submit your workbooks for detailed written feedback. Learn more about personalised feedback.