Short stories, novellas, flash fiction, essays, and hybrid texts
Expert insight into the mechanics and dynamics of creative prose
What makes short fiction successful is a perfect mix of narrative, character, place, and sequence of events, as well as dynamic, compelling, fresh language. Fiction should exudes writerly authority yet sound natural, as if no one else could tell this story on this very day.
Therefore, analysis and revision of fiction is partly about mechanics—such as length, plotting, and pacing—and partly about more ethereal aspects—such as tone, “voice,” perspective, word choice, and so forth.
I offer two tiers of editing, because some writers simply want input on their stories and don’t want anyone else tinkering with their prose. Others, however, are eager to hand their stories over to someone else to address its issues comprehensively.
Developmental fiction editing: 2 cents per word.
This service focuses on the fundamental, big-picture aspects of fiction, such as:
- Structure and pacing
- Conflict and tension
- Exposition (showing vs. telling)
- Character development and arcs
- Tense and point of view
- “Voice” and tone
- Style, pacing
- Showing vs telling