Non-Fiction Book & Story Consulting

When your writing process is stuck in the mud, you need someone in your corner who’s an expert at Non-fiction Book & Story Consulting.

I’ve Been Where You Are Right Now!

I don’t mean where you are geographically. I mean where you are in your writing.

You’re totally blocked.

You climbed aboard a GREAT BIG IDEA that you knew would turn into a fabulous book.

You turned the ignition key. Stomped on the gas. Hit the clutch. You threw the transmission in gear. But then …

Nothing.

For weeks, maybe months, maybe years, you’ve been spinning your wheels. Going nowhere. You’re stuck.

It sucks.

I know.

Believe me. I’ve been there.

Almost every professional writer has.

How to Pull Yourself Out of the Muck and Get Moving Again

The “suckitude” I mentioned above can take many forms.

Maybe you have the perfect idea for a non-fiction book that will tell a great story and change people’s lives … but you don’t know how to begin.

Or maybe you just read an article that said proposals are usually required to sell non-fiction books. (This is true.) But you’ve never written a proposal before. Hell, five minutes ago, you never even knew the damn things exist.

Or maybe your screenplay has hit a brick wall. Your first act is perfect. Your second act’s better! But then … everything falls apart in the third.

Or maybe it’s not your screenplay. Maybe your novel’s the problem.

Your TV pilot.

Your stage play.

Really, the form doesn’t matter.

The only that matters is that you’ve wrestled the damn thing so many times, but each time YOU’RE the one who ends up getting pinned.

Now you’ve had it. You’re ready to throw in the towel.

Please don’t.

Because I can help.

Oh Yeah? Who Are You?

My name is Damon DiMarco. I’m a professional actor, writer, playwright, and historian. I also conduct principle research at CompassNeedle. We’re a think tank devoted to discovering partnership solutions in a hierarchical world. (Ask me about it. It’s really cool stuff!)

Damon DiMarco
Me WITHOUT a beard.

I’ve written & sold 9 non-fiction books with publishers big & small. Many of these books are in multiple reprints. Some have been adapted for the stage or published in foreign languages like Italian, German, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese.

I’ve been commissioned to write plays that got produced … plus a bunch of screenplays and television pilots that haven’t.

Yet!

(Consolation prize: I still cashed the checks … )

I also founded the Writing Workshop for Public Intellectuals, a capstone program for PhDs students in the History and Culture Program at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

Damon DiMarco with beard
Me with a beard. It was itchy. So I shaved it off.

And of course I still write professionally. Most mornings you’ll find me cranking away on one of my vintage manual typewriters. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

In other words, I’m just like you. I’m a practicing creative.

But maybe unlike you, I’ve got a few terrific wins under my belt.

And I get a big kick out of using what I know to help other writers succeed.

Helping Writers is Like Fixing Typewriters

I’ll tell you something personal about me.

When I’m not working, I’m a father, a partner, a son, and a friend.

I’m also an out-and-out typewriter geek. I hunt, collect, restore, and use vintage manual typewriters for fun.

It’s always thrilling to encounter a new machine. They’re all so unique.

Each one is graced with its own special properties … and, frequently, its own set of problems.

1952 Royal Quiet DeLuxe from Damon DiMarco's collection CreateX3.com
This is a 1952 Royal Quiet DeLuxe with Bakelite keys. Royal made classic American typewriter which were favored by writers like Ernest Hemingway and Stephen King.

Each problem has to be fixed before the typewriter can go back to doing what it does best.

So how is this done?

Royal Quiet DeLuxe 1952 Typewriter Damon DiMarco
The Royal QDL, broken down.

As anyone who does typewriter restoration can tell you, first you must diagnose the machine’s problems. (Usually, it’s not one thing that’s impeding optimal function.)

Next, you take the machine apart; break it down and study its complex works. At this stage — under the microscope — most problems tend to reveal themselves … but they also reveal their solutions.

1952 Royal Quiet DeLuxe typewriter Damon DiMarco's vintage manual typewriter collection CreateX3.com
You have to look carefully and without bias to get to the bottom of things.

The more attention you pay to details, the better off your machine will be.

If you’re successful in this, when you put the whole thing back together, you’ll find that it purrs right along like it did, say, 70, 80, or 90 years ago.

After that, it’s practically magic. You load in a sheet of blank paper and watch as the words spill out …

The stories that come from these words are always amazing.

Always a pleasant surprise.

1929 LC Smith #8 and 1934 Torpedo Modell 16 Damon DiMarco's vintage manual typewriter collection CreateX3.com
Two machines I’ve restored: a 1929 LC Smith #8 and a 1934/35 Torpedo Model 16

So at this point, let me reiterate, please:

When you’re writing process is stuck in the mud, you need someone in your corner who’s an expert at Non-fiction Book & Story Consulting.

Contact Me for Your Complimentary One-Hour Discovery Session

The one-hour discovery session is a way for us to get to know one another.

We discuss the issues you’re facing and the many ways you can start tackling these issues right away.

If, after that first session, we decide we make a good fit for each other, of course we can take things from there.

The discovery session allows you to risk nothing while potentially gaining everything.

It’s exactly the situation I’d want if I were looking for help. Which is why I’m offering it to you.

Booking your discovery session is easy. Just e-mail me: mail (at) damondimarco.com.

I’ll get back to you right away.

Until then, here’s wishing you courage and grace to … create, create, create!

Damon DiMarco

Non-fiction Book & Story Consulting

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