A story comes alive in the space between the writer and reader

Red Circle Ink believes storytelling is a sacred calling. *Cue pan flutes and rainsticks.* The act of shaping meaning out of the chaos of mere words elevates wordsmiths to the realm of guides, prophets, and godlings.

We also believe that most storytellers have to sing for their supper. Navel-gazing wankery has a place…over there somewhere. Here — while we would never descend to crass commercialism (cough) — we write to be read.

The lie of perfectionism

Your story doesn’t have to be perfect. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be that good. But it must be compelling.

A compulsively readable genre story has three key components: “watchable” lead characters, relatable stakes, and coercive pacing. Everything else is negotiable (with the possible exception of non-intrusive formatting). We can fight about this if you wanna. But I’ll win.

Toward that end, Red Circle Ink emphasizes the craft as much as the art. We value function as well as form. We want to stay up all night reading, and we won’t quibble too much (in most colloquial cases, anyway) over who vs. whom.

Alternatives to working with an editor like Red Circle Ink…

Rather than hiring an editor, you can start a critique group. Establish a small company of smart, dedicated professionals like yourself. Build up a rapport of trust and respect while negotiating the minefield of group dynamics. Hammer out a workable schedule for all of you. Dedicate hours to critiquing their manuscripts so they in return will critique yours. Hope for the best.

I’m not being facetious. Much. I do believe the efforts above yield amazing returns since the analysis required will improve your writing from the very first draft of Chapter 1. However, I realize not every writer can spend her limited writing time grassrooting. That’s where Red Circle Ink can help.