I've been a writing coach since 2011 when I started the Agile Writer Workshop. I created the Agile Writer Method as a way of helping beginning writers overcome the initial fears associated with writing a novel. The Method helps writers create a storyboard of their story that adheres to the Hero's Journey. Since 2011 dozens of writers have completed their first drafts and many have published.
I've been a writing coach since 2011 when I founded the Agile Writer Workshop. I created the Agile Writer Method as a way of helping beginning writers overcome the initial fears associated with writing a novel. The Method helps writers create a storyboard of their story that adheres to the Hero's Journey. Since 2011 dozens of writers have completed their first drafts and many have published. Since 2016 I've organized the popular Agile Writer Conference where select speakers share their knowledge and experience with writers from all over the country.
Agile Writer: Method is a practical explanation of what makes a great story and how to create a plan to write it. Smith breaks the novel down into 8 stages each composed of 30 pages. Each stage tells a specific part of the story. Then, he helps the writer create a plan to write 10 pages a week for 25 weeks until a first-draft novel of 250 pages is complete.Inside you’ll find guidance on how to... read more
We all love Heroes.We all love to hate VillainsBut how well do movies create characters that we love and hate?Psychologist Scott Allison and writing expert Greg Smith present a new way of understanding heroes and villains. Inside this book you’ll find:· An innovative new classification scheme of heroes and villains· The key to good characters in the movies: Transformation· The Eight Great Arcs... read more
In Reel Heroes: Volume 1, writing expert Greg Smith and noted psychologist Scott Allison describe the elements of the classic hero journey and offer reasons why heroes are psychologically important to us all. Inside this book you'll find:* A new classification scheme identifying movies heroes as Lone Heroes, Duos, or Ensembles.* A review of 75 movies released in 2013, showing you which movies ... read more
For two thousand years, the name of Pontius Pilate has been remembered with vile contempt. Cursed by countless generations for his one fateful decision, this otherwise obscure Roman bureaucrat has been forever damned in the eyes of history. Now, however, a subway construction project under the streets of modern Rome has inadvertently uncovered the archeological find of the millennium. Inside a... read more
Some memories are best forgotten. . . And cannot be erased. . . Ohio. 1975. In a small town on Lake Erie . . . Addie Redmond is a cantankerous, aging widow concealing a family secret. She's content to live alone with a stray cat in a cluttered house, but when she experiences a serious health problem, she has some decisions to make. Her immediate reaction is to tell no one and refuse treatment.... read more
Min & Sera grew up believing their parents died in an car accident. They learn their parents' deaths were anything but accidental. A buried video tape, a bundle of old letters, and their grandparents' wedding contract send them on a journey of discovery. Their search for answers takes them from northern California to the mountains of West Virginia, and on to Ottawa, Paris, and the French Rivie... read more
One girl's struggle with trying to understand the dynamics of her family's life in a small east coast town in North Carolina. Her father was a preacher in the Baptist Church, and the setting is in late 1960 when the church was the center of the community.Beth and her family were expected to live a higher standard than regular citizens and thus, Beth had so few friends. Amidst the scrutiny of s... read more
In the summer of 1956, for his amusement, Pete Turner raced his souped up ’39 Ford coup on the local dirt tracks. For his profession, he bootlegged the Appalachian foothill’s finest moonshine. Neither of these pastimes weighed in much to assuage the hate driving his every thought and plan, one nurtured for ten years by a secret from the past. Until he resolved to kill the secret and solicit mu... read more
In the dystopian future of the twenty-second century governments have collapsed and corporations have joined together to create a new world order called corporate rule. Veteran and businessman Troy Vincent, is wrongly accused of murdering a powerful CEO in a world where a cruel and corrupt justice system has emerged. He is sentenced to face termination by his own demons in the feared Virtual R... read more
Kirkus Review: A brain surgeon performs operations that allow him to control minds in this chilling sci-fi debut. World War III brought devastation to the United States. New York, bombed by Middle Eastern forces, still bleeds deadly radiation. New Washington, the rebuilt capital, is home to an organization called Central Perception, led by Dr. Benjamin Minder. It maintains national security no... read more
What is the meaning of life? Why do I feel unfulfilled and unhappy? How can I successfully build a joyous, meaningful life? The Essence of Living examines these questions through three stories that serve as metaphors leading to a simple, life-altering truth: Joy and meaning are achieved by living a different story than we were taught. Living in our spiritual amnesia, we forgot where we came fr... read more
When she gets a call claiming her eighty-two-year old father is selling drugs to the locals, Iris Lee, an unemployed bank executive, is forced to abandon the real world and return to the land time and style forgot, her hometown. In a quest to uncover the history of an odd broach she finds among her mother’s things, Iris is reacquainted with Mt Pleasant, Virginia, and its entertaining, sometime... read more
Identical twins who were separated at birth, Ethan Asher and Jeremiah Webster are reunited by tragedy in their young adulthood. They share an unbreakable bond and a strong faith in God that is tested when Ethan discovers he is being stalked...the stalker mistakes Jeremiah for Ethan... and a Christmas blizzard brings this mystery to a head. But through it all, the twins learn that when they sup... read more
"Ezekiel Saw a Wheel" is a Magical Realism Sci-Fi Suspense novel by animator director Keith Van Allen, about an excentric cartoonist, Zeke Landover who's convinced he and his family were once abducted by aliens.What he finds out is far more startling, and his cartoon characters agree with him! Mr. Van Allen has twisted his TV animation and cartooning career into an extraordinary tale of the su... read more
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