Beach Fench

Unlocked by Comparison

Nonfiction Training Sessions That Get You Writing


Writing can put us in perpetual imposter syndrome.

 

Especially when we look directly at people who are doing it better / faster/ more successfully than we are.

 

Unfortunately, those folks have a lot to teach us. Womp-wah.

I'm a huge proponent of minimum viable support. The biggest hangups can be overcome by surprisingly small efforts. Case in point: Just having a Zoom line open while I'm finishing my day has kept a small but savvy band of writers going for over a year now. Sometimes we just need to see each other's faces

 

So rather than keeping breakthrough analysis, metaphors, and teaching confined to 1:1 spaces, I'm opening the door to group training sessions, where we're going to do the thing we're not supposed to do.

We're going to compare the shit out of our projects vs others who've gone before us.

We'll start off easy, since no one writing nonfiction is really judging how they match up to a sci-fi screenplay. But eventually, I'd like us to build some muscles around comparison. 

Yes, looking at published nonfiction on your topic can make you squirm a bit under the realization that your book will be compared to them. No, the fact that there is published material on your topic doesn't mean you've been beaten to the punch. It just means there's a conversation you can join. Let's try to get a few words in now.

I'm not saying comparison will unlock your flow forever, without any hangups or roadblocks.

Relatively speaking, though, we've got a lot to cover that will absolutely get you—ahem—

Unlocked by Comparison.

Future event dates and topics will be added here as they become available. They will be recorded, so no worries if you can't make it live. Each one will follow the energy of the group dynamic, so different events may chase different threads. You're welcome to grab more than one—but if you want more like this, I recommend ongoing group training/coaching instead.

 
Next Live Training
Unlock Your AUTHORity with Morpheus Mode

  • Why an author persona is just as important as a reader persona

     

  • How to step into your confidence as an author—your AUTHORity (get it?)

  • When and how to drop big truths without losing your reader

  • How tapping into your content on a gut level helps you get all of that

  • All within an analysis of a scene from The Matrix 

Live training sessions are 90 minute Zoom calls. Recordings and any handouts will be available to anyone who can't make it live.

 



What's Morpheus Mode? Only the coolest breakthrough I've had on nonfiction in...maybe ever.

I picked up this scene for a client who was using The Matrix as a "masterwork" or reference point, and literally had to Google "Morpheus explains something to Neo" to find what I was looking for.

 

It wound up being one of the most iconic moments in the movie, and loaded with impeccable nonfiction scene structure. 

There are probably five different angles I could teach from one 2.5 minute clip, but right now I want to see you writing with confidence and flow. So this inaugural live training will follow "the red dress scene,"with the goal of unblocking your AUTHORity and subsequently unlocking your nonfiction content—books, blogs, and presentations alike.

Further event dates and topics will be added here as they become available. They will be recorded, so no worries if you can't make it live. Each one will follow the energy of the group dynamic, so different events may chase different threads. You're welcome to grab more than one—but if you want more like this, I recommend ongoing group training/coaching instead.

Register Here

Dates TBD for January 2023

$75 for entry to both events that month and priority emails for Q&A in between.

Live sessions run twice in order to maximize the takeaways and  Q&A time. Attend one or both, each at 90-minutes long, and grab the recording if you miss one or both. Each training will focus on ways to unlock your nonfiction content via comparison against a specific case study.

 

This month, we're focusing on:

  • Author persona

  • Writing with confidence

  • Holding a reader connection

  • The freaking Matrix

 Zoom links are in the purchase confirmation. Choose one or both. Recordings and PDF will be sent out within 24 hours of the event for those who can't make it live, then stashed into the vault for good.

 

The Invitation


Who

Anyone (working on nonfiction content) who has felt stuck or a bit imposter-y.

*All are welcome, but you'll get the most benefit from this space if you've got something you're working on. 

If you don't want to admit you're writing a book yet, but you keep saying some variation of "I really should..." this is probably the space for you.

What

Two 90-minute live training sessions dedicated to bringing you into your Morpheus Mode authority

(and how not being in it might have you feeling stuck or disconnected from your reader).

Each will have their own flare, so you won't have to come to one to understand the other,

and you shouldn't get too bored by coming to both.

When

Two Mondays in January, 2023

Where

Watch this page, sign up for updates here, or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn for updates.​ 

All training will happen over Zoom, with recordings and homework or handouts emailed afterward.

Please use your best contact email when signing up.

 

Why

Because we're better together. 

And the Wachowski sisters are brilliant.

How

Sign up and show up. That's really it.

Read on for more Q&A, and when in doubt, send me a chat. We'll manage the rest together. ​

Don't want to wait? Check out Wonder Woman to see how much juicy nonfiction training is waiting right under the surface of fiction content.

 

Q&A

Do I have to show up?

Nope, but to be clear, there won't be refunds if you don't. 

 

There is added benefit to coming live,  but the training is the training and you're welcome to work through it 

behind the scenes. Recordings will be sent out to honor both time zone differences and personal preferences.  

If you do come, you won't be on the recording, you won't come off mute, and you won't be put on the spot.

Can group calls ever dig deep enough to really help me unlock my book?

Yes, and.

Can we dig deep enough in a group setting to move you forward? Yes.

Can we dig deep enough to help you understand new concepts? Yep.

 

Can we dig deep enough to guarantee a book in X amount of time?

 

No, but I don't even promise that 1:1. 

 

What I do promise is:

  • to dig deep into the content no matter how few or many people show up,

  • to draw on what I know has worked for others,

  • to be as present as I can be to what the room might need, and

  • to show up fully for anyone who shows up at all.

 

But book writing is not like baking. The ingredients don't always turn out. Sometimes we get surprised.

Sometimes we like the surprise. Sometimes we have to smash it up and turn it into something else.

The best we can do is get into the kitchen together and be open to making messes.

(Bakers, don't come for me. And if you do, bring cookies.)

What does a fiction scene have to do with me?

 

Well, that's the training, isn't it?

 

If you want a taste, be sure to check out Wonder Woman's No Man's Land.

 

Bottom line is that our brains are finicky and sometimes need a break. 

Stepping outside of the normal "do this, avoid that" teaching gives us a new angle.

It's a sneaky way to get around resistance and avoidance to let the hard truths come through.

The Matrix is a great example because of how obvious the metaphor and message is.

I've recorded a version of this for the client vault and have used it with several clients and groups this summer. 

There's a LOT here. It's a ton of fun. And it's a great way to dip your toes into nonfic geek realms with me.