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Combining her degree in computer mathematics with her success as a bestselling, award-winning author and fiction editor, Kristina Stanley is the creator and CEO of Fictionary – creative editing software for fiction writers and editors. She is a Fictionary Certified Story Coach. Her novels include The Stone Mountain mystery series and Look the Other Way. She’s the author of The Author’s Guide to Selling Book to Non-Bookstores. She’s a passionate guide-dog trainer and hiker.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How a lack of story structure affects your reader
  • How to develop your self-editing technique
  • Ways Fictionary can make life more organised for writers and editors

Listen to Kristina Stanley from Fictionary discuss self-editing

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Show notes

  • 00.00 – Introduction
  • 02.00 – Personal updates
  • 09.10 – Interview with Kristina Stanley
  • 11.00 – Why is story structure so important?
  • 12.35 – The difference between form and formula
  • 13.40 – The best story structures for you to follow
  • 14.45 – The key plot points and why are they so important
  • 18.40 – Does every scene need a purpose?
  • 22.40 – Why do people struggle with editing?
  • 25.40 – How can you improve your self-editing skills?
  • 27.50 – Should you head hop in your story?
  • 32.35 – How does Fictionary help you write your book?
  • 35.50 – Why did Kristina start Fictionary?
  • 38.25 – How does Fictionary’s editor compare to a real life editor?
  • 42.55 – Which feature of Fictionary could Kristina not live without?
  • 45.00 – Do you need to outline to use Fictionary?
  • 46.45 – The book that changed Kristina’s life
  • 49.35 – Where to find out more about Kristina and Fictionary

The book that changed Kristina’s life

Moonlight Becomes You – Mary Higgins Clark

Books mentioned


Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

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