If you are a would-be author in need of detailed editing and personalized feedback, then look no further! We offer mentoring services for writers from first to final draft and everything in between. Our mentors can help you with any areas of your writing that you want to develop—whether general or specific. For more information on what we prioritize when we look at material, please read on. If you would like to see our mentoring packages and an example of how we analyze creative writing, please have a look at our Services page.
What do our services cover?
Character development and the organization of plot. Is your story character or plot driven? Does its chronological order of events suit its character arcs? Whether you write speculative or literary fiction, narrative structure is the most important part of a novel. Our mentors take care to identify any plot inconsistencies and instances where disbelief is not suspended.
The complexity of sentences, word choice, and rhythm. All writers have a unique way of expressing themselves. It therefore goes without saying that style is an integral part of any story. Is the piece too abstract? Are certain phrases being used too often? Are explanations clear and necessary? All of these questions and more are addressed when our mentors analyze a manuscript's style.
The writer’s use of tone, setting, and theme to produce emotions in the reader. For example, if you’re writing a romance that takes place during a war, you are likely to depict a somber mood. This could be done by describing leafless trees, fog, and the sound of artillery. Our mentors are adept at identifying inconsistencies in mood, no matter how unobtrusive certain elements may seem.
Who is telling the story? If it is written in the third-person limited point of view, are there any instances of the writer switching to third-person omniscient? Narrative voice is a deciding factor of a novel's success. To this end, our mentors make sure that your story’s voice is consistent and ready to submit to literary agents or editors at publishing houses.
Who are you writing for? What genre are you writing in? The writer should know the likes, dislikes, and expectations of his or her readership. A crime novel aimed at adults should not have a central cast of teenagers; a children's book with a male protagonist may not appeal to girls; readers of literary fiction may not find the character development in a fantasy novel appealing.
Writers should have a strong grasp of spelling, grammar, and correct word use. However, the sheer scale of writing a book can make it difficult to spot every single mistake. We therefore rectify or suggest changes to clumsily constructed sentences and contextually inaccurate words.
Please have a look at our Services page for more information.