Close up of multi-coloured lake wavelets showing structure and texture


“As a freelance writer, it’s often tricky to find a trusted resource to provide informed critique of a work-in-progress. For a recent literary project, I relied on Bruce as a sounding board when it came to creative strategy (helping me to stay on track) and narrative review. His feedback was direct, always with the health of the project in mind and a knack for challenging the contours of what it might be. A rare kind of insight from a writer/editor who has been there and who understands all that is at stake.”

Sarah Pollard, Writer and Communications Strategist


“Structure” relates to the way pieces and parts are put together.

A box of bicycle parts is a heap, not a whole. The bike is not rideable until the parts are arranged in the most effective way.

Often, a manuscript will have all the parts and pieces, but they’re not organized for clarity, flow and impact.

So your piece ends up looking like a heap — reading like a collection of unrelated bits.

Developmental editing with an experienced editor can help you change a heap into a whole.

“Recently I was working on a non-fiction book called Running Toward Stillness. It is a deeply personal account of depression, life changes, and recovery, and I was looking for people I could trust who would provide feedback. By his comments, it was clear that Bruce not only read the work cover to cover, but spent a great deal of time composing his thoughtful and gracious reply. He provided help on two levels: first, conceptually he was able to provide specific feedback on how to better structure the book and its contents. Second, he was able to point out where certain passages and chapters needed to be strengthened. Bruce’s feedback almost certainly made the book a stronger work of non-fiction. I’m grateful for his mentorship and editing skills.”

 Stephen Legault, Author: Running Toward Stillness and three Mystery Series

Sympathetic, Honest Coaching

Starting where you are, and honouring where you want to go, I can help you make your work structurally sound.

I can also help you clarify your writing goals, develop material, enhance structure, and complete story, essay and book manuscripts that are agent and editor ready.

I’m not heavy-handed. I don’t tell you what to do. 

My job is to honour your work and help you make it match your vision of the finished piece.

“Bruce helped me with my manuscript in important ways. He understood the essence of the MS and gave me feedback simpatico with what the work already was. Through this process he was able to deepen the beauty of the book by nurturing what it needed rather than what he “Thought” it needed. I think this is the foundational element of a good coach. 

“Bruce has a gift when it comes to coaching, but as a writing coach he is inspired.”

Ken Wylie, Author of BURIED

For More Info About Developmental Editing and my Life Design Coaching approach,E-mail me with “Structure” as subject.


Books by Bruce Elkin

Thrive! Creating what matters most, by Bruce Elkin.
Simplicity and Success, by Bruce Elkin.
Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
Creating Sustainable Success, by Bruce Elkin.
The ABCs of Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.