— Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

Visit the world-renowned tech, business and creative inspiration web site,, to view my video tutorial, Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story. It's a step-by-step guide to what a story is and how to write one. While it's a pay site, there's a free seven day trial -- so you can watch the course, and then not opt in. But . . . the site is fabulous, and addictive. So rather than warning you about the fee (which is minimal), my warning is this: You might spend way more time on the site than you intend.

Here's the description of Writing Fundamentals straight from

In this course, Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples. Discover how to craft a first page, zero in on your story's point, create empathy, find a character's secret goals and inner issues, translate generics into specifics, write for suspense, create cause-and-effect connections, build momentum and tension, and deftly implement setups, payoffs, flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing.

Topics include:

  • What is a story?
  • Hooking your reader
  • Feeling what the protagonist feels
  • Being specific
  • Creating suspense and conflict
  • Writing flashbacks and subplots