Punch Them In The Gut: Writing Fiction with Emotional Impact
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Punch Them In The Gut: Writing Fiction with Emotional Impact

Build Powerful Stories, Engage with Readers, Change the World
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What Will I Learn?
Build powerful stories.
Create maximum reader engagement.
Change the world.
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  • Be familiar with storytelling terms and the basics of writing story.

Learn how to write a story that will suck your readers in and get them to share your work with friends, family, and co-workers.

Story is the most powerful force in the world, but so few people even understand what it is or how it works.

In Punch them in the Gut you will learn:

  • The power of story and how it continues to shape our world.
  • The brain's need for story and how to keep rewarding your reader.
  • What a story is and the parts that must be included to keep a reader turning the page.
  • How to tailor a story for instant emotional engagement with your reader.
  • The three scenes in each story that must be solid and how to build them.
  • How to create an emotional impact that will get your reader to share your work instantly.
  • How to intensify your story with believable outer problems.
  • How you can change the world with your writing.
  • And much, much more!!

Gain maximum reader engagement by understanding What Readers Want.

This course represents 1000's of hours of research in writing and psychology boiled down to the core level of understanding so you can take what you learn and put it right to work.

The course includes eight modules, designed to build a foundation of the psychology of reading first. As you move forward in the course, you will learn how to structure and write your story to tap into the reader's deep emotions.

Punch them in the Gut also includes worksheets that will help you identify reader's emotions, protagonist's emotions, tools to increase tension, and more.

I set out to learn how to sell more books, but I found so much more. This research has changed not only how I write stories but how I view the world. It has changed my life. As authors, we represent the one sure fire way of changing people's lives. Why? Because it is only in a story that a person can experience deep empathy and truly see the world through a new set of eyes. I excited to share this with you.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed to teach authors and storytellers to write what the brain wants to read. If you already have too many fans voraciously consuming your work and sharing it with their friends this course is not for you.
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Getting Started
3 Lectures 08:56

A introduction to what you will learn in this course.

Preview 02:13

About the Course

I'd like to tell you a little more about me and invite you to introduce yourself.

Please Introduce Yourself
The Foundation
5 Lectures 28:48

Story is power. Story is the power that shaped and continues to shape our world today.

The Power of Story: How Story Shaped our World

When we use emotion in storytelling, we are able to let the reader experience another life through empathy. This type of storytelling also allows us to break down walls and see the world from another point of view.

The Power of Story: Empathy

We are all storytellers. When we find a story that hits us on an emotional level, we share that story with our circle of friends and family.

Preview 03:09

Explore the role the brain plays in engaging with story. Learn how you can weigh your book with what the brain craves for stronger reader engagement.

Your Brain and Story

Writing Assignment 1-Your Story

Take a few minutes to check your learning.

Check on Learning - Foundation
10 questions
The Frame
7 Lectures 31:39

What is Story: Big Problems

What is Story: Inner Conflict

What is Story: Required Resolution

What is Story: Important Past or Present

Part 1- Learn how to choose a target audience and plan for your story's emotional impact. These two simple things will solve months of frustrating marketing.

Preview 14:28

Writing Assignment 2- The 3 Ps game

This is a short quiz that covers all the lessons from this section.

Check on Learning - The Frame
5 questions
The Finish
5 Lectures 55:29

How to build the best protagonist for your story.

The protagonist

Understand what an outer problem is and how to use it so the protagonist and not the plot is driving the story forward.

Outer Problem

Learn how to create an inner problem that your reader will instantly connect with.

Inner Problem

Inner problems fall into two broad categories:

  • Physical Injuries
  • Perceived Injuries

In this video I will demonstrate six examples, and how you can use them in your writing.

More about inner problems

In this lesson you will learn to wrap up your story so that readers will want to share it (and no, this does not always mean a happy ending).


This quiz will check on your learing from the lessons in this section.

Check on learning - The Finish
8 questions
3 Lectures 02:04

If you are interested in delving deeper into the human mind and how it interacts with story and emotion, here is my bibliography. This details all the research that went in to creating this course. If it wasn't for these professionals, I would never have been able to fully understand this subject, nor would I have been able to connect the dots and create a class that pulls this information together in a usable program for authors.

Research Bibliography
5 pages

This informational handout will give you the basics you need to understand what readers in the basic genres are looking for. It can also help you decide which genre will be the best fit for your work.

What genre readers want
29 pages

Thank you for taking the course.

Epilogue- thank you
About the Instructor
Clark Chamberlain
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Storytelling Expert, Bestselling Author, Publisher

Clark Chamberlain is the publisher at Raven International Publishing, a small press publisher dedicated to producing high quality stories, equitable profit distribution, educating authors and giving back to the community.

As a publisher, Chamberlain, continues to emphasize the high standards of targeting the story first before finishing the story. He works with each author to make sure the work is focused with the proper emotional impact before letting it go to print.

Chamberlain has worked over ten years in broadcast communications. He has been a journalist, copy editor, and news director with ABC. During this time he gained the deep understanding of telling powerful emotional stories that would grab readers and viewers, and move them to action. He is a natural teacher who pours the passion for his work into every class.

Chamberlain is an author of four novels and two comic book series. HIs work in fiction came from a desire to tell stories that could move readers to empathy and open them up to understanding other cultures and ideas.

Using his talents as a teacher and public speaker, Chamberlain, has been invited to lecture at various writing events. He is the host of the Book Editor Show and currently teaches writing and editing part time in his home town.