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If you're keen to write a book, I believe you will find this basic writing skills assessment useful. I will report on your ability to write dialogue, to write a narrative passage, and an opening paragraph to hook the reader. At the same time, any persistent problems in the basics of spelling, punctuation, expression and grammar will become evident. To that  add a thorough vetting of expression and style. I highlight awkward phrasing, cliches, over-used words, repetition, shifts in tense ... indeed, all those foibles we are often blind to in our own work.  Most manuscripts need this level of attention. If you are an author with English as a second language, then English editing to eradicate those small telltale lapses in fluency is important.

Although I am thorough in my criticism, I always try to explain why something is wrong or could be better and , where possible, I try to give examples. The style of critique I use for your writing skills is similar to the manner in which I write mentoring comments on a manuscript or in performing a full line edit. I call the assessment  a technical critique  because it concentrates on the mechanics of crafting a novel and on writing style: I make no attempt to assess whether your manuscript or your writing potential will see you published or in the bestseller bracket. Such things I leave to fortune-tellers. The only way a writing coach can help you is to build and refine your basic writing skills and teach you the essentials of crafting a novel. It is your own creativity and spark of genius that will left your work above the others and make you one of the few out of thousands who actually get published.