Listening to the Quiet: Pre-Write
I believe, through many years of personal experience, that a germinating story lives somewhere between soul and body. I experience the story first as a flicker, a sixth-sense, a dream, or a sensation. Some clients say, “I have a sense of what I want to write, but I don’t even know what the story is supposed to be. How can I even start?”
I work with artists, primarily writers, to identify the inspiration itself. Depending on the season we may work outside, following the artist’s instincts to natural metaphors that offer clarity. We may work inside, using favorite personal objects or stones. In either location, we will utilize the client’s embodied intuition, accessing the story through words, body shapes, and movement exercises.
By the end of the session, the writer will have identified the sensation of the story, where it lives within her body, some body shapes to use as orientation points for the upcoming writing, and a plan for the writer to utilize when at home.
Accountability: The First Draft
$50/3,000 words, $100/6,000 words
The hardest part of any creative process is addressing the discipline needed to get one’s butt in the chair, put external distractions on hold, and outrun the internal critical voices.
I support writers by co-creating deadlines for small, manageable submissions of the first draft. The writer then submits either 3,000 or 6,000 word submissions to me via email. I review their work, email back questions, curiosities, offerings, and accurate reflections. Then we meet via Zoom for 30 mins/1 hour (respective to cost) to answer questions, brainstorm, choose the next direction, and set a new deadline based on the writer’s needs.
This one-on-one attention helps the writer to feel heard and supported, while offering permission to go wherever the spark of insight leads. Watch the manuscript grow!
When Structure Sings: Developmental Editing
$6 to $8/page, depending on the project
At some point in the writing process, an author needs a second set of eyes to help transform a “shitty first draft” (industry terminology, I promise) into a solid second (or third, or fourth) draft.
Similar in process to placing found images together into a collage, I gently but clearly help restructure an author’s writing, transforming the story from clunky to clean. I focus on:
Organizing and streamlining the plot line
Articulating personal and universal themes
Adjusting the pace, creating emphasis and emotional connection
Developing characters through description and dialogue
Strengthening setting, tone, and details
Nurturing the writer’s Voice as an author, through humor, word choice, and sentence structure
This process is unique for each project—we will find our way together! I offer my opinions more strongly in this phase than other, but the writer always has the last say.
Scribe Your Story: Ghostwriting
price varies, contact me for an estimate
Sometimes an author cannot write their own story for some reason—be it age, medical limitation, or family constraints. In this case, I support the storyteller by interviewing and recording her/his/their story, and then crafting the story into written form, be it an essay or a book.
These projects are an intense collaboration between storyteller and storywriter, and the process unfolds organically every time. I do my best to capture the unique Voice of the individual.