December 23, 2018

We've all written and read "Talking Wallpaper" dialogue. It mimics the chit-chat of every day conversation. 

"Hi there," Steve said.

"How's it going?" Bob replied.

"Oh, it's all right." 

Does this dialogue sound realistic? Yes. But is it enthralling, engaging, or rive...

December 11, 2018

It's been a while since we've done an edit, so it was high time! Both of the stories we read tonight were awesome, but both had some opportunities to develop conflict. Here are some of the warning signs of a scene that needs a little extra conflict and some options on...

July 20, 2018

After editing hundreds of stories, this remains one of the biggest challenges in prose that I see.  How to engage a reader through the scene from page one.  So often in speculative fiction (and even literary fiction) the first scene doesn't accomplish all the writer ne...

April 21, 2017

Just wrapped a quick edit with Dan Boss.  We talked about developing POV in stories, balancing interiority for characters, and we drank some whiskey.  I am quite sleepy, so won't expand too much here, but enjoy the video!

January 28, 2017

Brought in a new editor today for a co-editing stream.  Here's a quick highlight of the insights with more after: 

  • Give context early around motivations.  Use a character's interior thoughts during the scene to establish their motivations and context.  Too litt...

December 30, 2016

Just wrapped up a late night edit of Ozma and Stuck in Silence.  I've written a few takeaways below, and as always, if you'd like to get one of our edits, let us know.

The takeaways: 

  • Keep your intros simple.  An intro that is almost a mini story with minimal other p...

July 3, 2016

One of the awesome writers I've worked with gave me permission to use the notes I wrote up for her screenplay an an example of my paid edit work.  

Here's the link to my notes: 

Hopefully this can help any of yo...

June 30, 2016

Tonight we took a look at a few stories that play in the fantastical realm.  I have our video review and line-by-line notes posted below, but I wanted to share a few overall takeaways I learned from the edit here: 

  • When introducing a character, show their public lif...

May 14, 2016

In a late night editing session, we took a look at a script from one of our awesome Twitch contributors, Gregory Mandarano (@majinbuu1831).  His script is a biopic of the well known musician, Levon Helm.  After that, we read over the first page of "42 Days."



April 25, 2016

After working in screenwriting in LA and moving to San Francisco to work at a startup, I found I missed the world of storytelling.  I started a twitch stream editing other writers' work and writing some of my own, and now I want to open up the editing world for mo...

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