Edit the Life Back Into Your Story


Hands-On Techniques for Creating Emotional Impact


If you want your story to pop off the page and into the imagination of readers, don’t waste your money on any other course, just take this one.

—Kayle Allen


You started out with a great premise, larger-than-life characters, and a fast-paced plot. Your walls are plastered with goal-motivation-conflict charts and you could recite each character’s internal and external arcs in your sleep. Maybe you even came up with a detailed outline before you started writing your latest masterpiece.

But now that it’s time to edit your rough draft, you realize your characters’ emotions and personalities didn’t make it onto the page, and the scenes that were so vivid in your head seem flat or rushed on paper. What went wrong?

Nothing, actually. First drafts are for getting the basic story nailed down. Revision is where you crank up the voltage and get the emotions right.

This workshop focuses on practical techniques to help you edit the spark back into your story. Topics covered include:

  • Why stimulus-response chains can make or break a scene, and how to use them for maximum dramatic effect
  • How to fine-tune the progression of emotion in a scene
  • Techniques for infusing the POV character’s personality and worldview into each scene
  • How to streamline exposition and make infodumps do double-duty as characterization
  • Why descriptions are inherently boring, and how you can make them compelling
  • How to write narrative summary that your readers won’t be tempted to skim
  • How to recognize and eliminate author intrusion
  • How to make sure your characters’ emotions make it onto the page

At the end of the workshop, you’ll have an editing checklist that guides you through the process of transforming your rough draft into the exciting, dynamic story you originally envisioned.


As a direct result of her class I’m now a published author with a New York editor who consistently seeks out my work.

—Paula Millhouse, author of Dragonstone


Self-Study (download the lessons and work through them on your own): $30.00
One-on-One Mentoring (ask questions, receive feedback on the exercises): $60.00

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Student Reviews


Lynn has a way of nurturing fledgling authors into powerful storytellers. As a direct result of her class I’m now a published author with a New York editor who consistently seeks out my work.

—Paula Millhouse, author of Dragonstone


This workshop changed my life. Editing has always been the hardest part of writing for me. Lynn gives you a plan which breaks the process down into manageable, bite size pieces. Her detailed and incredibly perceptive feedback is by far the most valuable part of the course. She is the most superb teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from.

—Samantha MacDouglas


This workshop really opened my eyes and made my writing so much better! The best part was the feedback I was given on my own project. I would have gladly paid ten times what I did for this class; it was worth every penny.

—Stacy McKitrick, author of My Sunny Vampire


I believe Lynn’s class is the reason I’m a finalist in two RWA contests this year. This workshop and Lynn’s devotion to detail will bring out the best in your story and you.

—Elizabeth W. Gibson


This workshop fundamentally improved my writing. Lynn’s lessons are easy to understand but challenging to complete, guiding you toward a deeper understanding of what makes a story work. Lynn appreciates that every writer uses a different process. She supports, and can help you improve, your writing style, from pantser to plotter and everything in between. If you want your story to pop off the page and into the imagination of readers, don’t waste your money on any other course, just take this one.

—Kayle Allen


The quality and depth of my writing improved dramatically when I took Edit the Life Back Into Your Story. She taught me how to break down a scene so that instead of simply depicting a series of events, I now incorporate character reactions (emotions, thoughts, inner monologue) to each of those events. Lynn’s classes are hard—she demands a lot from her students—but you walk away with the knowledge and skill to write much better stories.

—Pauline Gruber, author of The Girl and the Raven


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