They key to a healthy, efficient plot framework is setting SMART Story Goals (and there are two of them!). Learn the 5-step technique that can help you troubleshoot why your plot isn’t working.
What I teach
Your hero's transformation journey is the story
Hi, I'm Sue! If you struggle with plotting, there is a simpler way to write a better story in less time without having to outline every single plot point (and then feel guilty for going off-track later).
As a developmental editor, I specialize in building stories around the character transformation journey. When you plan a story from the heart of the character, those plot points that felt so mystifying before now serve a specific purpose (and they're much easier to plan out).
A tuned-in, savvy, humbling creative
I’ve never worked with a more tuned-in, savvy, or humbling creative. Sue can see through to the very heart of a story, then weaves pure magic to draw the very best from your words. She has an effortless control over the art of storytelling that allows her to mold plot structure, character motivation, and story arcs into things of utter beauty.
EVIE DRAE // Romance writer, 2019 RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist
Who I teach
My lessons are best suited to writers of character-driven fiction who want to hone their craft in a positive and uplifting atmosphere.
My superniche is helping romance writers find the heart of their dual-POV stories, but my methods and techniques work for all types of fiction character-development and plotting.
How I teach
Telling a good story is a lot harder than it sounds, especially when we focus on the wrong building blocks.
I use my own personally developed logic frameworks and top-down decision funnels to guide writers through what choices to make at what point in a story's development.
That may sound complicated, but techniques like the Emotional Gap Funnel, the Story Snapshot Method, the Six-Scene Story Setup, and the Elev8 Line Editing Approach will simplify your writing processes.
study at your own pace
Learn the character foundations that guide your plot flow
I don't believe in putting everything valuable behind a paywall. I like to learn on my own, and I want you to have that same freedom. You can start building and growing your storytelling skills with the free articles that explain the foundations of the storysmithing techniques I have created through my years as a developmental editor for fiction writers.
One of my favorite ways to teach is through live workshops. I work with writing groups and other creatives in the fiction-writing space to cover new and unique topics that sync with my storysmithing techniques and style. The best part about attending a live workshop is being able to ask me questions directly and get immediate answers.
I created Storysmith U to bridge the gap between finishing that first draft and working directly with a developmental editor. The stronger your self-editing skills are, the more you'll get out of your next dev edit. Educating yourself means spending less time in rewrites and more time crafting stories that will resonate with readers forever.
My courses range from quickie workbooks that get you back on track before you hit a snag, to recordings of live workshops that you can watch as many times as you need, to comprehensive, in-depth instruction on exactly how to use my professional editing methods to nurture your own pre-edit manuscripts.
Sometimes a simple tool can solve problems that seem complicated (but actually aren't). I've designed these worksheets, guides, and quizzes to help you get quick, targeted wins in your writing journey.
What my clients and students are saying
Award-winning Author of Romantic Urban Fantasy
"I came across this quote today and I think it perfectly sums up how I feel about you as my editor, so I thought I'd share it.
'A good editor doesn’t rewrite words, she rewires synapses.'”
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Let's create powerful stories together
Sometimes you need some one-on-one help to solve a tricky plot snarl or take your storytelling to the next level. Here are a few ways you can work with me directly.
Recent releases & offerings
Backstory is a powerful tool in your writing skillset, and a strategically crafted backstory can even help you break through writer's block. In the How to build a Breakthrough Backstory playbook, I walk you through the 6 steps that will simplify and focus your writing time.