Belinda Nicoll is a published author and a personal coach who brings an MFA in Creative Writing and NLP life-coaching certifications to the creative writing process.
I keep overheads low and rates affordable for all budgets. Depending the nature and scope of a project, I also offer flat project fees or daily and hourly rates.
Whether you prefer private mentoring or group classes, we focus on all the literary elements of fiction and nonfiction, like structure, setting, plot and character development, sensory-based details, point of view, style, voice, tone, and much more.
We start with a sensory-based writing prompt
We continue with a discussion of craft principles and how behavior change models relate to character and plot development
Each student comes prepared to read up to 5 pages and hear a round of critiques
I read your manuscript and provide a written review, summarizing what is working particularly well and making suggestions for improving structure, clarity, and flow. The report will typically be a couple of paragraphs on a short story or chapter and a page or more for a book-length manuscript, together with line comments on the manuscript.
My comments will cover character transformation and plot development; structure; setting; sensory-based details; point of view; style, voice and tone. Included in the price is a 15-minute phone discussion or you can email me with questions about the critique. I accept hard copies, though I prefer electronic submissions. I charge a minimum fee for short works less than twenty-five pages.
I read your final manuscript word-for-word to check for typographical errors, including:
Inconsistent line, word, or page spacing
Erratic numbering of list items and labeling of captions
Improper word breaks
Page break problems like widows and orphans
Irregularities in fonts types
Inconsistent page headers, footers and page numbers
Discrepancies in tables, figures, charts, and graphs
Incompatible diagrams and illustrations
Inconsistent use of abbreviations and acronyms
Unreliable Table of Contents
I work with writers who want to develop better strategies for improving their creativity and productivity. Similar to life coaching, I help you identify the thought processes, internal conflicts, and limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from doing your best work. Together, we set well-formed goals to achieve both the creative and professional outcomes you want. You will learn new mental strategies to help you:
Enhance your current creative abilities
Transfer creative ability from one context to another
Utilize the three stages of the creative cycle more effectively
Focus bursts of creativity in a more organized and systematic way
Develop conscious access to internal resources that support your performance
Fiction (novels - all genres)
Nonfiction (memoirs, corporate histories, personal legacies)