Saturday, October 25, 2014
Editing Your Stories
How many stories do you have in your heart, waiting to be told?
What keeps you from telling them?
Sometimes you start to write and it gets too complicated and the characters don't do what you want them to do and the locations aren't clear and the timelines won't fit and you begin to lose track and you give up, because you can't onto the page what you see in your mind.
Sometimes you get that right. It's all in order and the characters behave. But there's something missing, a spark, a voice.
Sometimes you've got it all: a great story and a clear voice. But you don't know where the hell all that punctuation is supposed to go.
Every author needs an editor. I know this because I'm an editor. And a proofreader. And a story editor. I've edited two books and proofread countless other works. And I would never publish without the help of a professional who is not me. (Okay, maybe I'd publish a blog post.) But when I speak about getting an extra pair of eyes to look at my work, I'm speaking about professional eyes in someone else's head. Extra eyes on my own head would look too odd even for me.
So I've teamed up with my favorite editor and writing teacher, John Sandel, to provide editing services, from proofreading to structure to story editing. John is also signing up students for Script Kitchen, a class to help you structure and finish your full-length story, like a novel or screenplay. You can take Script Kitchen online or in person.
Take a look at our new Editing Services page and tell us what you think. What should we call it, for example? And if you've got a story in you that needs to come out, let us know how we can help you find your voice.