Fictionary - What Every Fiction Writer and Editor Should Know About Story Editing

Guest: NAIWE’s Benefit Partner Fictionary

Writers know the excitement that runs through our fingers when we type “The End” on our first draft. Before you share your story with others, you owe it to yourself to tell the best possible story. Learn how to story edit, and you’ll create a story readers love.

Perhaps you’re a structural editor for fiction and are worried that you’re overly influencing a client’s manuscript or that you’re not comprehensive. Fictionary will help you elevate your editing.

In this session, Kristina Stanley, founder of Fictionary and bestselling author, will teach you where to begin a Story Edit. If your dream is to craft a powerful story, she’ll show you how to “see” your first draft in a new way.

Here’s what you can expect to learn in this class:

  • What is story editing?
  • When to perform a story edit
  • The most common issue
  • Story elements to evaluate
  • Story structure and form
  • How a writer and editor differ
  • Editing checklist

Duration: 58 minutes


Fictionary is a creative story editing software for fiction writers and editors. It provides a structured approach to story editing that makes every scene count. Evaluate your writing against the 38 Fictionary Story Elements. Keep track of your characters, improve your plot, and create engaging settings. StoryTeller automatically creates powerful visuals by analyzing your manuscript from start to finish. Insights such as the Story Arc provide a 30,000-foot view of your manuscript and quickly highlight structural areas that need improvement. NAIWE members receive 20% off the software subscription!

Thirteen professional story editors edited the same novel. Each editor worked separately in Fictionary StoryCoach. This course compares their edits and shows you what worked and what didn’t. You’ll see actual examples of edits. We’ll also show you a scene before and after revisions were done based on the edits. If you want to elevate your skills as a story editor, this course shows you how Fictionary Certified StoryCoach editors work. You’ll know what you need to deliver to a client to help them tell a powerful story. If you’re a writer looking to hire a professional story editor, this course shows you what you should receive from a story editor. If you want to self-edit your novel, this course shows you where to start. NAIWE members receive 60% off the course!

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