Structural Review

Want some pointers on how you might improve a specific story or work in progress? In a structural review, I'll look at the following aspects of your writing:

 

  • Narrative - does the story have a sense of narrative journey? Has something changed? Are there ways the narrative could be enhanced? Are there opportunities for further layers?

  • Characterisation - are the people in your story well-drawn and believable? Is it easy to connect with them and to understand their motivations?

  • Thematic progression - how do the themes in your story work from a reader's perspective? Are there opportunities to do more with the themes you've chosen?

  • Structure and pacing - does the form of your story hold together? Are there moments where the story needs to hurry along a little faster or places where the story needs more time to breathe?

  • Impact - does the way you've written your story resonate? Is there an emotional core?

To request a structural review, please email matt@mattkendrick.co.uk letting me know your name, the length and genre of your story, and any time frames (i.e. competition deadlines) you are working towards. Please put 'Structural Review Request' plus your story's title as the email's subject. I'll get back in touch as soon as possible. Normally, I am able to turn around all feedback requests within 7 days. Prices below are standard rates. I offer discounts for regular customers and on requests to review multiple stories. I'm firmly in favour of opening creative writing opportunities to people from all backgrounds and if you are unable to pay the below fees for any reason, please let me know and I will usually either waive the fee or offer my services at a reduced rate.

  • Flash Fiction (up to 1000 words): £6 (bullet point feedback of around 400 words)

  • Short Stories (1000-2500 words): £10 (bullet point feedback of around 700 words)

  • Short Stories (2500-4000 words): £14 (bullet point feedback of around 1000 words)

  • Longer Works: price on application

Detailed Edit

Want a more in-depth analysis? In a detailed edit, I'll look at everything from a structural review (above), as well as making in-line comments / tracked changes on your document regarding:

 

  • Flow of ideas - does the ordering of character actions or descriptive elements work to its best advantage?

  • Style, tone-of-voice and word choice - are there moments when the tone of your writing wavers in comparison to the overall style? Are there particular word choices that don't work as well as they might? Is there unwanted repetition of word choice or unintended alliteration or rhyme?

  • Concision and readability - are there additional words that aren't needed? Are there ways of rephrasing to make a sentence more pithy?

  • Rhythm and flow - is there enough variance in sentence structure? Do sentences segue naturally from the one before?

  • Spelling and grammar - are there any typos, missing or additional words? Is there consistency of tense? Is dialogue or internal thought formatted in a consistent manner?

To request a structural review, please email matt@mattkendrick.co.uk letting me know your name, the length and genre of your story, and any time frames (i.e. competition deadlines) you are working towards. Please put 'Detailed Edit Request' plus your story's title as the email's subject. I'll get back in touch as soon as possible. Normally, I am able to turn around all feedback requests within 7 days. Prices below are standard rates. I offer discounts for regular customers and on requests to review multiple stories. I'm firmly in favour of opening creative writing opportunities to people from all backgrounds and if you are unable to pay the below fees for any reason, please let me know and I will usually either waive the fee or offer my services at a reduced rate.

Flash Fiction (up to 1000 words): £10 (400+ words feedback plus in-line comments / tracked changes)

Short Stories (1000-2500 words): £18 (700+ words feedback plus in-line comments / tracked changes)

Short Stories (2500-4000 words): £26 (1000+ words feedback plus in-line comments / tracked changes)

Longer Works: Price on application

Longer Stories, Novellas and Novels

I am happy to take on larger projects to review or edit longer short stories, novellas, novellas-in-flash, novels or collections of short stories / flash fiction. If you would like to discuss how I can help with your work in progress, please email matt@mattkendrick.co.uk letting me know your name, the sort of project you are working on, its length and genre, and any time frames you are working towards. Please let me know whether you are looking for a structural review, a detailed edit or something more bespoke. Please put the type of project (i.e. 'Novel') plus your work's title as the email's subject. I will only take on projects where I feel I can add value to your work. As such, I will request a short sample prior to committing and will provide a sample of the sort of feedback you can expect in return. Turnaround time for longer projects will depend on the length of the work and the depth of the requested feedback.

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