Hidden away in a desk drawer, perhaps hidden away inside your imagination, there is a treasured piece of writing. Your family history, your own unique experiences, secrets you’re only just beginning to tell: these are perhaps your first ventures into writing.
For many people, the thought of presenting creative work to the public is so daunting that they hide it away.
We navigate life by talking about it. We're social animals and shared narratives give our experiences meaning. Mysteries can be unpicked and clues to your own identity gradually pieced together through the wonder and natural facility we all have for story telling.
Whether you've written a sweeping romance, a short memoir, a children's story or a family history, my aim is to enhance your own ability to express yourself. You'll gain confidence as we work together and, with twenty years experience as a therapist trained in hypnotic and persuasive language, I'll also focus these valuable specialist skills on your work.
Most of all, I want to help you enjoy the natural gift of communicating, creating story, playing with plot and character: it's fun and these abilities thrive on nurturing feedback. So I won’t attempt to change your ‘voice’ or tone; I will help you make your writing the best it can be.
How does it work?
Editing your own work can be a slow and daunting process - the tendency to see what we expect to see makes it hard to spot errors. I work in:
Whether your goal is writing up a family history, preparing a thesis or self-publishing a novel, there is always room for improvement. As I work on your text, I'll explain why some things work and others don't.
I support the writings of people who have historically been less listened to - LGBTQ writers, senior citizens, E.S.L. speakers and people with specific learning difficulties, like dyslexia.
First comes Developmental Editing.
A first read-through reveals any major structural changes that might be needed to improve your writing. These relate to the big picture: the plot and character development. You'll get a thorough assessment from me at this stage and an idea of the timescale required to polish it all up.
The next stage is Line Editing – every line is examined and refined. This relates to style, flow, how well each phrase works towards the achieving your goal as a writer.
Then we have Copy Editing. Here grammar, word usage and internal consistency of facts are examined and corrected.
Proofreading looks at typos, repetitions, spacing and formatting consistency.
In practice, these stages can happen almost simultaneously, but you can specify just one particular process, if that's all you need.