A manuscript critique gives you fast, actionable feedback. The focus is on the narrative of your story, with discussion centering on things like plot structure, characterization, and author voice.
The critiquing process involves:
- Multiple readings of your story,
- Identifying any issues that need to be resolved,
- Identifying any strengths that can be emphasized,
- Light annotation of your manuscript,
- Compiling a report to communicate possible ways to continue, develop, or enhance your story.
Issues Addressed In The Manuscript Critique
- Plot holes,
- Clunky dialogue,
- Slow passages,
- Disjointed structure,
- Inconsistent characterisation,
- Unexciting action,
- Intrusive author voice,
- Unnecessary scenes,
- Unclear character motivations,
- Distracting habits or phrases,
- Problematic choices in narrator or tense.
The report isn’t just about identifying these issues, but about suggesting ways to fix them. Maybe it’s a case of changing the order of events, removing a problem section, or refocusing on the key events of your story – the aim is always that you will come away from the report knowing how your story can be improved.
A 20-minute consultation is included in the fee, giving you the chance to ask questions and/or seek clarification on the report’s contents. Consultation can be carried out by phone, Skype or email, depending on what suits you.
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