Ways Don Gervich can enhance your
FICTION OR MEMOIR WRITING
Through one-on-one coaching and editing I can help improve your manuscript.
My comments focus on the following areas:
Discover a title that captures the essence of the story.
Ensure that the first sentence, first paragraph, and first page entice the reader.
Voice of the Narrator
Help the reader believe that a unique person is telling a true story.
Convey a narrator who is specific and vivid.
Orient the reader - clarify where and when the scenes take place.
Use sensual language - sight, sound, touch, smell - to enliven the story.
Create characters who are complex: a realistic mixture of virtues and flaws.
Develop characters who are distinct and memorable.
Write dialogue that is individual for each character and their personality.
Recreate the way people interact; it may be equally important what characters do NOT say.
Words and Sentences
Improve the choice of nouns, adjectives, and verbs.
Revise sentences so they have variety in their length, tone, and structure.
Plot and Drama
Demonstrate that a person’s desires and goals lead to action; show how conflict occurs when one is NOT reaching those goals.
Create situations that are believable, yet leave space for the unexpected.
Capture drama that happens when a character confronts suffering or crisis.
Emphasize that the reader needs to care about at least one character.
End the story with a discovery, question, or epiphany.