My Consultation Process

When I work as a consultant for written works, I have a system that seems to fit well for corporate clients, nonprofit clients, novelists, nonfiction writers, and movie script writers.

Since I am a writer, I am most sensitive to writers and their challenges.

In my consultation business, I have the delightful freedom to collaborate with writers to help them produce their best work while retaining their own, unique voice.

My Philosophy

I have a philosophy guiding me in my literary work. If I notice an issue or an area for improvement, I’ll put money on it that others will notice also.

You as the writer must be concerned with who notices these areas. Will it be a literary agent? An editor of a magazine you really want to get published in? A producer? A book reviewer?

My role is to help you see what your productive and nonproductive writing tendencies are and to bring out the best in your work.

Writers don’t have an easy life. When they submit their works, they don’t get feedback from the people who matter most: the key keepers to the kingdom – the editors who can publish their work. A thanks but no thanks is all they hear.

This means writers are left on their own to figure out how to improve their writing to the point where they can get published, or get some paid work so they can make a living in what they love to do.

I know because I live it every day, right along side of you.

Therefore, when I work with clients, I work with you to help you overcome the writing tendencies you are most likely blind to and help you produce your best work.

Why Are Writers Blind to the Errors They Make?

Working in the mental health field, and as an editor for mental health articles, businesses, and literary works, I have had the honor of gaining a unique perspective on the writing process.

The writing process is not a purely mental journey. It’s so much more than putting pen to paper and writing a bunch of words.

When we write, we draw from all of our faculties. We draw from our experiences, our mind, our heart, our emotions, and our subconscious. Our heart, emotions, and subconscious do not think in terms of grammatical errors and story development. Our conscious mind does. However, our heart, emotions and subconscious have an indelible influence on our writing. It needs to be like this, because it’s what gives every work of art its specialness. Working from our heart transcends cultural boundaries and connects humanity.

However, the heart does not think in terms of semicolons. 🙂

In that, every work we produce is a heavy personal investment. Because we are so close to our work, it’s what makes us blind to its flaws.

People have been noticing that we are blind to our own flaws for thousands of years. Great works such as the Shakespearean tragedies and Oedipus Rex are stories where the hero has a tragic flaw, and because of this flaw he cannot see until it’s too late, his life is either never the same or he dies as a result of the tragic flaw.

Writers have writing tendencies that can be sort of like the tragic flaw, but it’s also about the learning process. In order to improve as a writer, we need some outside feedback so we can excel at what we love to do.

The Process

I realized everyone not only follows patterns of behaviors in their own lives, but people also have subconscious writing patterns.

This is good for you, the writer, because this means I can pick up on your most unproductive writing tendencies early. I don’t have to read an entire body of work to see the major issues within your work that are there because of your writing tendencies. Whether it’s problems with dialog, the opening scene in novels or movie scripts, or a research paper, I can let you know what types of errors are getting in the way of your writing and clouding your message.

Every writer has unproductive writing tendencies. Because writing does not work in isolation of ourselves, it’s also wrapped up in the way we speak. When we write, we have an inner voice in our heads, and this voice speaks like you do out loud. Since we do not speak in semicolons, we may not be aware that we are misusing them or overusing them until someone points it out to us.

What You Can Expect

Here is an example of how I’ve saved my clients lots of time and trouble:

  • The writer submits the work. Usually, for works such as novels and movie scripts, my clients buy ten hours at a time.
  • I read the first few chapters or sections and find all the major grammatical, story development, and stylistic flaws, such as overusing words, misuse of quotation marks and other types of grammatical errors, flow of language, conciseness, and opening scene development.
  • I submit to the writer a plan to revise the entire work according to the areas for improvement I’ve noticed in the first few chapters.
  • Repeat until all major issues are addressed. By this time, the writer’s skill has increased exponentially as the writer revises the work.

With one client, we went through six major edits of his work… all within his first ten hours of services! Because of his hard work and dedication, he followed the guidance I provided him and reworked his manuscript until it went from a meandering, long story in need of major edits to a work that was much cleaner and concise. He redeveloped his story into a lean, mean, story telling machine.

Writers need feedback in order to improve their craft. I have a wide variety of experience, even as a private tutor. Helping other writers find the courage and strike forward with their best work is one of the sweet spots in my life. I hope to have the opportunity to meet you and work with you! 🙂

 

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