I help you focus on impact and relevance in your manuscript and a feasible plan for getting it done. True stories about real people are unique. So are the people who tell them. My coaching approach is to work with you to find the best possible blend of services that helps you tell your story well:
·Consulting and creative collaboration
I am thinking about starting a project. How would you help me get started?
In a preliminary consultation, you will be asked what insights you want to transmit with your memoir -- and to whom? Then we will “right size” the project to suit the scope of your story: Is it an autobiography with emphasis on your career? A memoir of a past time or a journal of something unfolding now? Even though we’ll discuss a vision for your final product, my approach will be to put the horse before the cart. Focus on the product – your story—before fixating on the package.
Do you help with writing that’s already in progress?
Yes. I can give you feedback on what you’ve written and help you work through barriers such as writer’s block and difficult content. In coaching, I can provide a journalism perspective to help make your interviews with relatives productive. Lessons I’ve learned in marketing communication can help you engage the different “gens” in your audience.
How does ghost-writing work?
Ghost-writing is how a lot of very busy individuals get these projects done. It is also a very productive way to work if you have difficulty with computers. As your professional writer/collaborator, I record informal interview sessions with you and others you designate and then create a professionally written narrative integrating the interviews with material from other sources.
What do I do if you’re doing all that?
You tell the story -- conveying your personality and communication style. Most important, as the owner of the work, you make the decisions.
I enjoy writing. Why do I need an editor?
I see some wonderful writing from the “non-writers” I work with and teach. But every genre of writing has its hazards. Memoir and family history are no exception. Authors writing about their own experiences and familiar family stories, may leave out or gloss over valuable story elements. While editing, I’m a curious reader’s advocate, pushing for details, maximizing what matters. While it’s important to get rid of deadwood and avoid grammatical flaws, chances are, you do not speak in New York Times style. I work to develop the narrative voice and style that is recognizable asyours.