Mark Stibbe - Script Doctor

Dr Mark Stibbe graduated from Cambridge University, where he was awarded a senior scholarship and a first in both parts of the English Literature Tripos. He then studied theology at Nottingham University before being awarded a PhD (published by Cambridge University Press under the title John as Storyteller). Since then he has authored numerous non-fiction books, some of them best sellers and one of them an award-winner. Lately he has moved into writing novels, in particular The Chronicles of Thomas Pryce. He is now an experienced and sought after freelance editor, ghost writer and writing coach and is the CEO of Kingdom Writing Solutions, a holistic service for Christian writers. Mark is passionate about helping good writers to become great authors for the Kingdom of God.

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Content Edit in Doctoring a Novel

The content edit of a novel seeks to answer the following questions:

Does the story have an effective ‘hook’?

Do I care about the main characters?

Are characters credible, consistent and complex?

Is there any character development?

Can I identify with the protagonist and his/her struggles?

What is the engine that drives the characters and the plot?

Are characters revealed in a subtle way?

Does the plot hang together?

Do the secondary characters serve the plot?

How much conflict is there?

Is there enough tension and suspense?

What is the pace of the story?

Does the author use narrative summaries or immediate scenes?

Are scenes presented effectively?

How does the author handle POV?

Does this book stimulate and enlarge my understanding?

What happens to my heart when I’m reading this story?

Is this book publishable?

Who is the intended audience/market?

Would I pick up and read another story by the same author?

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