Ask the Story Nurse

This form is for asking the Story Nurse for help with a writing problem you’re facing. It can be a process problem, a craft problem, a situational problem, or anything else that’s coming between you and the page. Even if you think your question is dull or easy or too specific to be of use or interest to anyone else, I’d love to see it!

It will be easiest for me to provide a useful answer to your letter if you can tell me:

  • the type, genre, and length of the piece you’re working on right now or the things you usually write or want to write
  • if you’re working on something specific, where you are in your process
  • which parts of writing are easier for you
  • which parts of writing are harder for you
  • the aspect of writing that you’re struggling with

Further info on what you can expect from a response is below the form.

What you can expect:

Please look through the letters already published on the site to get a sense of what kind of answer to expect. I will always strive to be kind, supportive, and compassionate while giving you practical advice you can use. I may email you to ask for clarification or more information.

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I’m unlikely to answer questions about writing as a career, the publishing industry, or how to find an agent. (If that’s the sort of question you have, try sending it to the Blunt Instrument.) I won’t evaluate excerpts of your work, even brief ones. (If you’d like your writing evaluated by a pro, try Death of 1000 Cuts.)

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If you’re on deadline, feel free to mention that, but I’m afraid I can’t promise to respond by a specific date.

Thank you very much for your question!