Creating Better Stories

I am an editor specializing in Action/ Thriller novels.  While I am open to editing all genres, because I am a veteran I find that I am a huge benefit to authors whose novels have a military flavor.  I love reading Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, and Fantasy.  I look forward to a good story, but I want my clients to become writers of great stories.  To do that, I give them recommendations on how to move their projects forward, identify those parts that are ‘just not working’, and ultimately, make them better writers overall.

My Editing Services

I offer a variety of editing services tapered to the author’s needs.  Whether you need developmental help for a work in progress, diagnostic assistance for a finished manuscript, or help mapping your story, check out my editing services.

My Blog

I have just started my blog in May 2019.  I wanted to add something to the cyber writer universe with my blog that might not be out there, something that only I could write.

With that in mind, I write three specific blog posts a week –

Writing Wednesday – in continuing with the use of the 5 commandments, every Wednesday I will dissect a current episode from a television series using the 5 commandments of creating a scene from the Story Grid methodology.  Currently, I am working on the HBO series Gentleman Jack.  Breaking down the episodes using the 5 commandments can help readers to see how the writers of the series created a story that worked every week and overall.

Scrivener, Story Grid, and Scenes – In this post I alternate between two different kind of posts, both of which I hope can help writers better.

First, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, I write a post about how to use the writing program Scrivener in conjunction with the Story Grid methodology.  I love the versatility of Scrivener and I use the methodology of Shawn Coyne’s Story Grid in all my projects, so it just made sense to me to merge them together and figure out ways to integrate one into the other.  In these blog post I include tips that aren’t often known combined with uses for the 5 commandments of story telling and the 6 core questions every editor asks to help write better stories

Second, on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, I write a post about writing good and accurate military scenes. Due to my military career combined with my current profession as a writer and editor, I think I am uniquely qualified to bring a writer’s perspective to writing scenes with a  military flavor – that use military lingo, equipment, rank, weapons, tactics, and situations.  Each week I’ll bring something to the table discussing books I’ve read that got it wrong (from popular authors) and how to make yours more accurate.

I also produce a monthly blog post on the last Sunday of the month called Monthly Mad Edit that will be an analysis of a book that I am reading.  This post will show how the author made a novel that worked (or didn’t work) by abiding by specific obligatory scenes and conventions that you, as a writer, can use in your works.  If you want to know about my editing style, this blog post will give you a good idea of the ideas I use to assist you to become a better writer.

My Writing

I’m also an author.  To date I have two published non-fiction books about military subjects, and I’m finishing up my third now.  I have written a fiction military thriller which I adapted from my MFA thesis, and am just now finishing my 2nd draft editing.

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