I’m gonna be honest. Writing sucks sometimes.

You’ve written for months; for years even.

You’ve slogged through rough draft after rough draft. You’ve sliced away favorite moments to reach word counts. Your armor is smeared with typos and tiny inconsistencies.

Behind you, the field is littered with plot holes you’ve spent weeks overcoming. Sometime in the weary hours before dawn, you finish pounding out the last words to your draft.

You’re there. Almost.

Except the field in front of you looks nearly as long as the one you just covered.

Sure, the draft is cleaner. But there’s a suspicious scar in the right-hand corner and a bog down in the left. And was the road always this rough and awkward?

You’ve come this far. You aren’t about to give up now. But sometimes it seems the battle will never end.

You need a guide

You need someone who’s studied in the craft for years. Someone who knows how to avoid land mines and which shortcuts actually work. Someone who will walk beside you long enough to teach you to walk alone.

*salutes*

With over a decade of writing experience behind me, I’ve spent the past few years answering questions from other writers. I’ve written books, self-published a number of works, and run the Story Embers newsletter since its founding.

Warning: We’ll be marching hard. It won’t always be easy and it won’t always be fast. But if you’re committed to putting in the effort, I promise you will be satisfied with the destination.

I can give you

Guidance
I’m a multi-published fiction author with experience in self-publishing as well as years spent answering writing questions and managing the Story Embers newsletter. I’ve tucked a decade of writing experience under my belt while helping teach eight younger siblings and working in a managerial role for two years. I currently live in the Dominican Republic, serving troubled teenagers. And I’m dedicated to helping you turn your book into a masterpiece.

Mastery
It all starts with the words you use. Prose is the foundation of compelling stories. Do you want to polish your draft into a masterpiece of authentic character voices and raw emotions? Let me help you craft your prose to fit your own unique style and story.

Confidence
You’ve made it this far. You’re fully capable of moving forward and I intend to see that you do. Our interactions will be laced with sarcasm, humor, no-nonsense plans, and thought-provoking questions—all with the goal of encouraging and teaching you how to make decisions with confidence.

I’m here to help

It doesn’t just matter what you say.

It matters how you say it.

Have you ever written a story, creating themes, characters, and masterful plots that somehow fall short of the dreams you had for them?

Maybe it’s not your story at all. Maybe it’s as simple as finding the correct words to connect your readers to the raw, emotional, nuanced reality of your characters.

Click here for 10 free keys to writing better prose today.

What others are saying

Hope was fun and easy to work with while still giving honest feedback and thorough critiques. After being mentored for several months, I was amazed by how much I’d grown as a writer, especially in areas of theme, character arcs, and prose. But my greatest area of growth was in confidence — working with Hope as a mentor allowed me to see exactly where I was as a writer, both in areas I needed to improve upon and in areas where I was already proficient.

Audrey Caylin

While I was doing the best I could at writing, I knew I had come to the place where I needed someone more advanced to help me. Hope’s coaching exceeded what I expected I’d learn through it. Hope Ann was very patient with me and helped me through all the tough spots I came across. This mentoring time was a blessing in my life!

Kathryn Lapp

Prose review

Professional feedback identifying your style of prose, your strengths, your weaknesses, and next steps for improvement.

5k prose review
After reading the first 5k of your novel, I will send you a one page review identifying your style of prose, the strengths and weaknesses of that style, and your own personal areas of growth.

1k word line edit
I will deliver a line edit of the first thousand words covering

  • Subtext of descriptions
  • Subtext of body language
  • Portrayal of emotions
  • Showing vs telling
  • Character thoughts
  • Character reactions
  • Strong dialogue

Action Steps
Finally, I will deliver a page of actionable tips to improve your prose moving forward.

Investment – $45
Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to ask questions or set up a 15-minute discovery call.

Prose breakthrough mentorship

A five-session breakthrough course teaching you to write raw, gripping, emotional prose now.

Flexible schedule
Email and Google docs provide you with the ultimate flexibility when it comes to working on your own time and finishing assignments.

Five sessions
Each session involves critique and training based on the project of your choice. Your homework applies what you’ve learned through assignments you can use later. By the time you’re completed, you’ll have a polished first chapter, two pieces of flash fiction, and another section of prose of your choice highlighting all you’ve learned.

Prose mastery
Prose connects your readers to your characters, allowing you to create unforgetable moments and emotions. To accomplish this, I’ll teach you about:

  • Subtext of descriptions
  • Subtext of body language
  • Correct portrayal of emotions
  • Showing vs telling
  • Adding character thoughts
  • Nuanced character reactions
  • Strong dialogue

Action Steps
Finally, I will deliver a 1-2 page summary identifying your style of prose, as well as your personal strengths and areas of growth. I will also provide you with actionable tips to improve your prose moving forward.

Investment – $199 (price for a limited time only)
Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to ask questions or set up a 15-minute discovery call.

Word reduction editing

Sharpen the edges of your novel or story to focus your prose and fit within your word count.

Novel edit
Together, we’ll cut words at the plot/scene level of your novel to scale back to a manageable word count. I’ll then aid you at the prose level to hone the words which actually matter. (Note: this is not a line edit. If you would like to combine reduction and line edits, contact me below.)

Finally, I will send you a 1 page summary identifying your style of prose, as well as your personal strengths and areas of growth. I will also provide you with actionable tips to improve your prose moving forward.

Investment: $0.003/word (price for limited time only)
Minimum: $200

Short story edit
With your word count goal in mind, I’ll work with you to combine scene and plot elements of your short story. I’ll also cut words at the prose level, sharpening each aspect of your story. (Note: this is not a line edit. If you would like to combine reduction and line edits, contact me below.)

Finally, I will send you a 1 page summary identifying your style of prose, as well as your personal strengths and areas of growth. I will also provide you with actionable tips to improve your prose moving forward.

Investment: $0.006
Minimum: $50

Flash fiction edit
I will help you sharpen 1-2k of flash fiction down to your target word count while also giving it a brief line edit that includes subtext, character emotions, and dialogue.

Investment: $25

Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to ask questions or set up a 15-minute discovery call.

Personalized line-edits

Sharpen the edges of your novel or story to focus your prose and fit within your word count

Novel edit
I will show you where to cut words at both the plot/scene level of your novel as well as at the prose level, helping you hone what actually matters and get rid of the distracting prose.

At the end, I will send you a page summary identifying your style of prose, as well as your own personal strengths and areas of growth.

Investment: $0.003/word
Minimum: $200

Short story edit
I will show you where to combine scene and plot elements of your short story to cut down word count. I’ll also edit at the prose level, sharpening each aspect of your story until it shines.

At the end, I will send you a page summary identifying your style of prose, as well as your own personal strengths and areas of growth.

Investment: $0.006
Minimum: $50

Flash fiction edit
I will help you sharpen 1-2k of flash fiction down to your target word count while giving it a brief line edit that includes subtext, character emotions, and dialogue.

Investment: $25

Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to ask questions or set up a 15-minute discovery call.

Contact me with any questions or to set up a 15 minute discovery call to ensure we are a good fit for each other!

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