Mentoring


Writing is more than a profession. It is a why of living, reading, and sharing stories. I spend time as a professional mentor working with graduate students in a variety of ways. 


Manuscript Development
Writers who have completed what Anne Lamott calls the "shitty" first draft, it is time to get to work. Developing character, plot, setting, and refining arc and pivot points are all part of the heavy lifting. We will talk about the difference between editing and revising, tighten the voice, and work on other subtle elements your agents and editors want in good books. Writers will see their manuscript begin to development into the polished story they imagined. 

Writer Development 
While working on pages is important to most writers, some writers prefer to work on developing ideas, articles, and the writing life. This is something that is not project based but typically it is based on goals, time frames, and digging into close readings, research, and other elements to prepare for a project, idea, or series. 

Philosophically, I use six axioms to help set some guidelines and some values to the experience. 

Axiom #1: Foster a writer's unique ability to pursue creativity.
Axiom #2: Cultivation of ideas is more than just a page-by-page accumulation.
Axiom #3: The scope of the mentors work should be that of the writer's work.
Axiom #4: Accept that you are a writer.
Axiom #5: Curate your vision through documentation.
Axiom #6: Read with intention and purpose. 

I know some of these concept are common sense, but fostering skills as a critical reader and writer will help you develop the writing life you intend. If you are interested in speaking to me about mentoring, writing, or project based mentoring, please feel free to send me an email to discuss the scope of your work. I do work for a fee but it can be flexible based on the scope and depth of the work. 

I've included some must read books about fiction along with my some of my publication. 

Let's chat. Let's write. Let's go. 
RonSamulWriter@gmail.com


Books:

Abrams, M. H. A Glossary of Literary Terms

Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. 

Burroway, Janet. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft. 

Forster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel. 

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. 

Smiley, Jane. 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel
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