How It Works

Identified from extensive research into how people connect with stories, the 38 Fictionary Story Elements ensure you provide an objective and comprehensive edit.

Powerful stories are created by combining creativity with intention. From outlining and story coaching to a complete structural edit, you’ll cover all your client’s needs.

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Using StoryCoach

Tailor the use of StoryCoach to fit your client's needs and become known as the editor writers want to work with.

Start by reviewing pacing.

Every scene is used as a building block to create a powerful story. You’ll know the writer has control over the narrative if they have a word count per scene that works for the story. Evaluating this first will help you determine the level of talent the writer has and how to best help them.

Check out the Cast of Characters.

It’s an editors job to ensure characters are memorable. When you review characters, use the character insights to do so analytically. The more specific and objective you can be, the more it will help your client. StoryCoach is designed to help you do this with powerful visuals.

After the initial assessment of pacing and characters, you’ll understand the writer’s skill.

Start your scene-be-scene edit, and track changes and recommendations as you go. You’ll perform a comprehensive story edit if you evaluate the work against the Story Elements for Characters, Plot and Settings.

As you edit, mark the inciting incident, plot point 1, midpoint, plot point 2, and the climax scenes.

Review the client’s story arc versus StoryCoach’s recommended story arc and make recommendations.

Your client will be amazed.

Fictionary Story Arc

Working with Clients

Are you a collaborator? Do you want to work alone and deliver the edit at the end? Perform an initial assessment?

Whatever your style, StoryCoach helps you stay away from your personal preferences and gives you perspective on the story as a whole.

Help your clients produce stories that give the world a diversity of choice by making their voices shine.

StoryCoach Client Experience
Character List

The love of your characters will keep readers coming back. This element helps ensure you’re making the most of each character.


Leaving your reader adrift is never a good idea. The start of a new scene means point of view has changed, the setting has changed, or the time has changed, hence every scene must be anchored.

Scene Name

Having a scene name will help you determine the purpose of the scene, keep track of your outline, and quickly find scenes you want to work on.

38 Fictionary Story Elements

Story Elements are the key to a comprehensive edit. Based on extensive research, we've chosen the most important story elements needed to tell a powerful story.

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