Writing a book is hard...
Writing a book is a tough gig, especially when combined with all the other things we have to do. I'm proof it can be done even with a busy life.
I spent four years writing the first two drafts of my current work in progress. I had some tools but I still wasn't getting where I needed to be in the timeframe I wanted.
With the help of a professional editor over six months, my story stopped limping towards failure and started to fly.
The story is still in progress, but this time the second draft has good bones, and it's a joy to work on.
If you've written a story and need a thorough 'next steps' analysis or someone to help you write the story from the ground up with some tools to help then contact me below.
I can't write your story for you but I can save you loads of time and re-work.
Go to 'For Authors' to learn more.
I've studied story theory since I completed the first draft of my own story in 2014 and I didn’t know what to do next. Story theory helped me organise my story, recognise patterns or gaps, and importantly how to understand master writers and learn from them.
Understanding theory; including story structure, character development, and how the elements of a theme, help a writer tell a story that readers want to read.
I’ve also worked with a professional Editor to learn more about story structure and the craft of writing scenes and put the theory into practice. There are method and tools that work whether you're trying to find and solve a micro story problem or a macro story problem.
What is Story Theory and how do I apply it?
K.M. Weiland, on her Writers Helping Writers website, writes:
“Story theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of story. It is derived from observation of, and involves hypothetical speculation about how writers make stories.”
As an editor, it’s my job to help you find the problems in your story, suggest a relevant story theory or tool and help you apply it to improve your work. The more you learn about story theory, the easier it gets to identify problem areas and fix them.
Some great resources, story theories, and tools I use with clients are:
Writing Irresistible KidLit by Mary Kole
Spellbinding Sentences – A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence & Captivating Readers by Barbara Baig
Screenwriting Tricks for Authors by Alexandra Sokoloff
Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne (insert hyperlink)
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
The Writer’s Journey – Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
and many others...