I am a manuscript consultant and creative writing coach, who specializes in fiction, from the short story to the novel—especially the novel.
My services go beyond performing the typical manuscript doctor diagnosis—crossing off from a what-makes-for-a-great-story checklist—so to speak.
Of course I will be on the lookout for problems with style and syntax, telling rather than showing, point of view inconsistencies, characters that feel typecast or two dimensional, flat dialogue…etc.
I will also be on the lookout for the tougher areas that often leave writers feeling stumped: structure, pacing, flow and clear premise.
I will also take note of the weedy patches in your manuscript where the story feels flat or predictable—or where I—to quote my favorite mentor—"fell out of the dream."
HOWEVER, my services will extend toward helping you break through the symptoms of writer’s block such as: procrastination, resistance, difficulty making decisions, the creative impasse, boredom, the inner critic run amok, crowd pleasing (as opposed to hearing the inner voice of inspiration), obsessing over outcomes rather than trusting the process—and any other areas that may not only trigger artist anxiety but be standing in the way of project completion. This is my forte!
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