Glen C. Strathy is pleased to offer a story consultant service for writers seeking more in-depth advice and help developing the structure of their current novel-in-progress. (To request this service, use the form at the bottom of this page.) Below is his description of how the service works...
A story consultant helps a writer develop the overall dramatic structure of a story and can help with situations such as...
You should have put a fair amount of thought into your story before seeking consultation. If all you have is a two-line premise or concept, then you're not ready. Spend some time developing your story and your characters first.
On the other hand, if you have done a fair amount of story development – for instance, if you have a several-page outline or most of a first draft written – then you may be at a stage where a consultation would be useful.
Apart from my personal writing credentials, I have spent several years teaching story theory to adults and youth. Since creating this website, I have written 70 articles on writing and story theory as well as answers to over 1,500 questions about plot, characters, genre, and other aspects of writing sent in by aspiring writers. Feel free to browse through these and decide for yourself if am the right consultant for you.
If you are interested in hiring me as your story consultant, here's how the procedure works...
I will take the time to thoughtfully analyze the structure of your story as it currently stands and suggest ways of modifying it to increase its dramatic and emotional impact.
You should know I work primarily with Dramatica theory (because it is the most complete and open-ended description of how stories work), but if the story warrants, I will also look at your story through the lenses of other models such as the monomyth (Hero's Journey) or other archetypal story forms.
If you would like me to be your story consultant, please fill in the form below. I will get back to you with a time frame and instructions. (Please note that if I get swamped with work, I may stop taking on clients for a time, in which case I will let you know.)
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