Testimonials

Novella-in-Flash Editing:

Thank you, Michael, for taking the time to read my novella-in-flash. You made some very astute observations and drew my attention to areas I needed to work on.  Even though it had been shortlisted at the Bath Novella-in-Flash competition, I felt myself that it needed work, but couldn’t put my finger on it. Your expert editorial eye picked up on the issues. What I loved is that you worded your critique in such a way that you forced me to ask myself questions and to ultimately come up with the answers. You are really good at that! With your help I wrote 3 or 4 more flashes, including one that really nailed what the novella was all about. And the result? Forthcoming publication at Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press! I can’t thank you enough and will definitely work with you in the future.” (Debbi Voisey)

“Michael’s comments helped me to identify the gaps in character motivation, the function of all my characters in relation to the protagonist’s emotional arc, and to reconsider the way imagery worked across my novella-in-flash. His skill at identifying ineffective sentences was also invaluable. He was supportive, and I greatly appreciated his non-prescriptive tone.” (Jeanette Sheppard)

“I received my annotated manuscript back quickly. A summary page of common errors helped me to digest repeating patterns or areas for improvement. Each note within the main text was clear and precise. A structural suggestion for the novella as a whole added clarity… I have already amended some of my writing practice. As someone with no educational background in English literature and language past the age of sixteen, I learnt a significant amount to help my writing in the future…” (Stephanie Hutton. In 2019 this novella-in-flash (‘Three Sisters of Stone’) won the 2019 Saboteur Award for Best Novella)

“Michael has been a sensitive and insightful reader of my work. He gave me much to think about, particularly in terms of character and motivation, which helped me to approach my manuscript afresh and with renewed enthusiasm. His gentle comments and questions are always on point, and his suggestions for further reading extremely useful. I thoroughly recommend Michael as an exceptional tutor in creative writing.” (Deborah T.)

“It was a delightful experience not only to be highly commended in the Bath novella in flash competition 2020 but to get the chance to work with judge Michael Loveday on refining my work for publication. Michael is a very sensitive reader and amazingly adept at articulating the effect that your writing has on a reader. He is able to identify with great subtly nuances in tone, the effect (and affect) of individual words, consonance in style and the occasions of a duff-note. His feedback was so helpful. He has that wonderful combination of critical rigor and ability to provide generous and sensitive feedback. Having a conversation with Michael was an invitation to think anew, to see things from a slightly different perspective, and at times an affirmation of what I, secretly, already knew but had not properly attended to.  His questions and suggestions helped me to make better choices.” (Louise Watts, author of Something Lost, published by AdHoc Fiction in 2020)

Coaching:

“I learned about Michael’s coaching offer when I was trying to make headway on an academic writing project. His insightful questions and reflections on my thinking helped me see why the project meant so much to me, which was a great boost to my motivation! He also offered helpful and practical tips for staying on track and pacing myself throughout the project, something that I’d struggled with in the past.” (D.M.)

“Michael is a friendly, skilled and supportive coach with an array of suggestions that could help any writer. Our sessions are always fun and enlightening. He has helped me bring greater focus and structure to the nitty gritty of getting work published and helped me formulate and, more importantly, stick to short-term goals. I couldn’t think of a better person to work with.” (S.N.)

“Before starting these sessions, creatively I was completely lost. I’m happy to say Michael has a gentle, respectful and insightful way, and he made me realise lots of positive things about myself… my creativity is in full flow, leading to opportunity and productivity. One very happy Creative!” (L.S.)

“I’m guessing that all writers have times of self- doubt and experience uncertainty about which direction to follow. After having had two collections of flash published in two years, I felt a little lost and unsure about what to do next. Michael’s coaching sessions came along at exactly the right time.  He is an excellent listener and his advice enabled me to focus on my priorities and goals and most importantly to believe in my writing.” (D.S.)

“Michael’s coaching has enabled my writing life to progress faster in the past few months than it had in years of working on my own. His supportive and hugely insightful guidance has led me to better understand my weaknesses, but equally to recognise my strengths. As a result, my confidence on a personal and creative level has increased far beyond what I would have been capable of without his wisdom and expertise.”  (K.W.)

Other Manuscript Editing/Mentoring:

“A book needs an editor – someone to cast an unbiased, critical eye over it.  Knowing how conscientious Michael is, I had no hesitation in asking him to edit my collection of flash fiction.  He didn’t disappoint. Michael approached the whole project in a professional, enthusiastic way, editing out many tiny errors, as well as making suggestions on how to improve individual stories and the narrative arc of the book.  ‘Finding a Way’, my flash collection on the theme of grief is being published by Ad Hoc Fiction in February 2019.” (Diane Simmons’s book ‘Finding a Way’ was shortlisted in 2019 for the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story collection)

“Michael’s feedback on my collection of poems was by far the most detailed and best-informed advice I have ever received on my writing… I would recommend Michael to any writer who is looking for a truly different type of mentoring..” (N.M.)

“Michael is outstanding for the time he spends and the support he gives… His care and meticulous attention to the work in hand is exemplary… It was money well spent.” (D.D.)

“Michael is meticulous in the quality of attention he gives to one’s work, with tactful comments and creative suggestions… His own enthusiasm and belief in the writer’s potential are inspiring.” (V.R.)

“I had no previous writing experience; on top of that English was not my mother tongue… Michael patiently and supportively guided me… [M]y writing has improved –  not only writing structure and techniques but in punctuation and grammar as well. I found Michael very reliable, trustworthy and well-organized.” (R.M.)

“Michael’s innovative approach was inspiring and unleashed a creative self I didn’t realise was there. As a result I have written a compilation of humorous true short stories for a paperback. Asking Michael to mentor me was an obvious choice and I am very happy with the work he has done. His comments are always clear and concise and every batch of stories was also returned with a covering letter, explaining the dos and don’ts and giving useful advice.” (Connie B.)

“I felt validated as a poet. Feedback was thorough, insightful and thoughtful.  Michael took time to unravel why less successful lines needed more attention. A courteous, supportive relationship was quickly established… I found the comments have led me to positive development because while they were encouraging they also indicated where and why my work needed to improve. I’d recommend Michael as a sympathetic and helpful mentor.” (Nola T.)

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