Editing and Critique for Flash Fiction and Short Stories
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?
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?
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?
Impact - does the way you've written your story resonate? Is there an emotional core?
Happy with your overarching story but want help with the nitty-gritty of words and sentences? In a line edit, I'll make 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 or missing / additional words? Is there consistency of tense? Is dialogue or internal thought formatted in a consistent manner?
Want both of the above in one go? In a detailed edit, I'll look at everything from a structural review as well as providing a line edit of your story.
Mostly happy with your story but want to add that final polish and sheen to make it really sparkle? In a proof edit, I'll thoroughly proofread your story for typos, spelling and grammatical errors, inconsistencies and issues with formatting. I'll also suggest quick-win edits that you might consider to improve concision, readability and flow.
up to 500
additional 500 words
Request a Critique or an Edit
Please email your request to email@example.com letting me know:
the word count and genre of your story
what type of critique / edit you would like
any time frames (i.e. competition deadlines) you are working towards
Please put 'Editing 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.
Payment by Paypal, card or BACS (UK only) on receipt of your feedback.