I’m excited to announce a guest-teacher here at Write Livelihood. In her own words, I introduce Amy McElroy, writer, teacher and editor. Follow the link below her introduction to take one of two fabulous classes in January. Early-bird specials through December 20th, 2013.
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Amy McElroy writes: I believe in truth. Things like trees and nature and children, especially toddlers who waddle around like tiny fountains of truth.
But, I believe in kindness, too. Toddlers tell the white, blunt truth, but it usually comes with a kiss. But, most of all I believe in honesty and integrity.
If you’re looking for a writing teacher or editor who gives it to you straight, even if that means sometimes you have to take a part of something back to its roots, then maybe you’ve come to the right place. I’m not going to tell you your manuscript is ready if it’s not.
I work from large-scale issues to small ones, though, so I won’t overwhelm you with more feedback than I think you can handle at a time. My developmental edits often focus on character believability, plot flow, and good use of dialogue.
But, along with those larger concepts, I’m known for my attention to dialogue tags that keep the story moving, use of sensory images, and metaphorical language. You’d be surprised how much these things can improve a story, once the basic groundwork exists.
Once in awhile, we all need to step away from our own work to gain some perspective. Let someone else have a look. Get a little vulnerable. When I lose perspective, I go back to the woods, to the root of things.
Or I spend a few hours with my 3 year-old niece. I can’t win her over with a lavish compliment of her Minnie Mouse slippers because she’ll tell me, bending over with her hands on her hips, “Oh, Aunt Amy, you already told me that two days ago.” Finding the truth within myself, I can share it again.
Register for her two upcoming classes HERE (SCROLL DOWN BELOW RETREAT). Don’t miss out on the Earlybird discount, by registering before December 20th, 2013. Classes begin January 15, 2014.