The Story Grid Developmental Editing service is designed to teach you how to produce the first draft of a story that works. It’s an intense process that requires you to bring your A-Game each and every week. If you have a great idea for a novel but don’t know where to begin, or if you’re struggling to finish your current work-in-progress, the Story Grid Developmental Editing service is for you.
How long it will take to create that first draft is entirely up to you. For those who are already familiar with the Story Grid method, it typically takes six months to develop enough proficiency for independent work. For those who are starting from scratch, expect to devote a year or more to study.
In the developmental editing program, the focus is on learning story structure. That means we initially spend a lot of time studying stories that other people have written. This is a vital part of the process and cannot be skipped over. Once you understand how stories work (globally and at the scene level), you’ll begin writing assignments. Each client begins with a six-month block of weekly sessions. After that time, you can choose to extend the training in three-month increments.
If you listen to the Story Grid Podcast, you’ll know what I mean when I say that what Shawn provides to Tim each week, is Story Grid Developmental Editing.
If you haven’t yet tuned into the show, developmental editing focuses on story structure, rather than line-by-line writing. It’s about teaching authors how to write a beginning that hooks the reader, a middle that holds the reader’s attention and an ending that pays off in a way that is surprising, satisfying and inevitable.
Story Grid Developmental Editing is “from the ground up” guidance and is designed to help authors write a novel that works. Some clients start the developmental editing process with just a story idea, others have a partial manuscript or a manuscript that requires significant editing.
It’s for serious writers who are ready to level up their storytelling skills. Weekly hour-long coaching calls will hold you accountable; they’ll help you reach your writing goals, grow your self-editing skills and complete your work.
All fees are in USD and each monthly fee is payable in full before the coaching calls begin.
Developmental Editing packages are sold in six-month blocks (26 weeks).