Story Editing



Screenwriting can be an energizing and rewarding experience. From the initial inspiration to the end of your latest draft, it can jettison you to far off galaxies, transport you through time and cause you to fall in love. However, screenwriting, like all forms of writing, all involves a process of re-writing. And it isn’t always easy.

While there is no sure-fire formula for what makes a script funny, thoughtful or exciting, there are always ways to improve your writing. Of course, the creative process rarely takes place inside of a vacuum and one of the easiest ways to improve your work is to test is out. We all have a few friends, family members or co-workers whom we trust enough to read our work and tell us what they think. While the feedback we get from these people can often be helpful, it rarely constitutes enough of a sold basis from which to stage a 90-to-110-page re-write. This is where a story editor comes in.

As a story editor, I can help you by reading your script and providing you with a detailed and focused analysis of your work. In general, this analysis will highlight what is and isn’t working in your script. More specifically, it will cover aspects of plot, character, story structure, theme, dialogue and conflict, as well as the effects your work has on the reader. While I can’t re-write your script for you, I can provide you with a new perspective and insightful feedback while can help you decide which revisions to make on your next draft. Ultimately, my job is to help you identify ways to make your script better and to give you the confidence and encouragement to do so.

If you are working on a feature-length script and are interested in working with a story editor or if you are interested in getting more information about working with a story editor, please e-mail contact@michaelthede.com.