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Been putting off writing that book or script? Want to do it, little by little, by establishing an effective daily writing practice?

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Join The Slow Writing Challenge

Enjoy the love and camaraderie of the Loving The Process writing community as you slow write your next book or script. Each week you'll get a new bite sized challenge to keep you moving forward from the idea phase to the final polished draft. You have nothing to lose but your guilt over not writing. First month is FREE. Cancel at anytime.

Need a deep breakthrough in how you see your story? Sign up for one of our 8 week intensives that act as a perfect complement to the Slow Writing Challenge.

The Heart of The Story

Finding the Emotional Arc of Your Protagonist (in 8 guided steps)

The Heart on the Story is like a writer's retreat in a box, offering you 8 guided lessons/powerful prompts designed to pull your story out of you and cause a leap in understanding around the one thing no story can be without: the deep emotional arc of your protagonist.


As a writing coach, people often ask me "where do I even start" with writing my story, and I always point them right here. 


The emotional arc of the protagonist is what pumps life through your story’s veins. It’s not enough for a story to be clever. An audience wants to FEEL something. And for that, it must have heart. So why not start with it? 

By the time you complete this intensive, you will be left with a deep knowing of exactly what's in your protagonist's heart: what they want, how they would react in any and all situations, and a solid understanding of what it's going to take, plot wise, to get them there.

This package comes with: 5 prep videos to get you into the proper mindset, 8 recorded lessons/prompts you can use over and over, lifetime access to the LTP writer's network including daily co-writing calls, as well as a bonus 30 minute coaching call with Holly. Price $147

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Want the full Coaching/Curriculum to help you dig deep through every phase of The Slow Writing Challenge? 


Book a Call with Holly

Loving The Process offers several year long programs that combine coaching, curriculum and community designed to keep even the busiest of writer's moving forward powerfully. Each year long program, includes the 3 8-week writing intensives. Book now to meet writing/creativity coach Holly Payberg-Torroija to discover if any of our programs are a right fit.


The Story Leap retreat is not just a workshop, but a deep dive into what feeds your soul. It's an exploration of who you are, what your goals truly are and how you'd like to achieve them through the written word. When I cleared the space and time to focus on the retreat, no distractions, I not only walked away more focused about my life but had figured out a problem with a script I'd been struggling with. I realized through the writing exercises that I had written an entire outline for the script. Holly's Story Leap Writer's Retreat was the best gift I could have given myself, just what I needed and the perfect fit! Thank you, Holly!    – Susan Ashley


The SLWR took me from having lost the thread and motivation to write the book I wanted to write to enthusiasm, clarity and a whole new angle. Her ability to make me feel safe enough to explore new areas and depths is profound. I think she’s a writing witch! 

--Kelly Carlin


Although I thought I was nearly through with my manuscript, I joined Holly's writer's retreat. The timing was great because she showed me how much deeper I have to go to set everything in motion !  Erika Fay


Holly's Story Leap Writer's Retreat was such a powerful and cathartic experience for me. I'm someone who has had a myriad of stories living in my head for years, but always struggled when it came to getting ideas on the page. Holly's incredible prompts and gentle supportive coaching helped me break through my barriers and see my characters and story clearly in writing for the first time. Our time in small group discussions was also the first time I had ever read my words in front of others, and the support of the other writers at the retreat was phenomenal. Kate O.


Everyone told me to sit down and write my story. Never would I ever want to do anything anyone ever told me to do. Holly is the first coach who did not tell me to sit down. She only asked me to show up. I took the leap. I showed up. The amount of creativity that has poured out of me so willingly now is immeasurable. I still do not have to sit down. I run to show up for me and the endless creativity I have still inside. Take the leap. I promise you will fly.   Noelle D.


“I recently read, ‘A storyteller is a life poet, an artist who transforms day to day living, inner life and outer life, dream and actuality into words whose rhyme scheme is events rather than words.’ Helping you put those words/events on the page is the magic we discover in Holly’s Story Leap Writers program. Holly offers tools, techniques and inspiration for writers to open the doors of their imagination and freely put together the story they have been waiting to tell but for whatever reason have been unable to put to the page. If you have a story to share, Holly will help you find the courage and empower you to tell your story.” Eloise C.

Holly’s support of me is beyond anything I have had in my life.  She doesn’t rush me. Doesn't make me feel guilty. She gives me permission to stumble and find my way creatively, without judgment. There are only a couple of things I need in my life right now, and this class with her is one of them.  Nicole R.

"I’ve found that most writing workshops come from the superficial perspective of simply studying the craft of storytelling, but for me that’s the easy part; it doesn’t address the real roadblocks that I encounter. Holly has a holistic heartfelt individualistic approach to teaching the creative process, which starts with building a solid foundation from which to write by exploring your personal backstory and understanding and releasing the psychological and cultural blocks that impact the writing process. Holly has helped me gain a greater respect and understanding of myself and of my unique process. She has helped me to become a better writer as well as helping me to learn how to enjoy more, and fear less, my ongoing journey as a writer. "  

                                                                                                                            - Susan Jziba, Screenwriter

“Holly is a masterful teacher & empathetic coach whose practical process guides you along your writing journey while also generating side benefits of greater self-awareness and enjoyable comraderie with fellow travelers.” 

                                                                                                                           - Catherine LeBlanc, Writer, Business/Education Consultant


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