It takes a lot of courage to engage your creative self. To dig deep and share your work with the outside world. Memoir, fiction, essays. All of it, I know, because I go there every day myself as a writer. When we work together I'll bring the sensitivity and skills I've learned as a teacher and a writer to your work. We'll focus on specific aspects you want the most help with--structure, voice, plot, fine tuning your work to get it ready for publication-whatever you feel your work needs the most.
BIRTHING A BOOK
Birthing a book can indeed feel like chasing your tail, an endless circle. Often you need someone to ignite you at the start, other times you need someone to pick you up in the middle. Some moments it's just a question of getting over the finish line. We can work together at any stage--from a rough idea to building an outline, on structural revisions, on developmental editing, even creating pitches to agents and editors. If you have an idea, or are well into a book and stuck, get in touch! Let's see what we can birth together.
Having worked as a scientist and science writer, I'm adept at working with technical writing. Whether you're seeking to publish in academic journals or make your scientific writing more accessible to the general public, I can help. We can work on organization, clarity of language, argument, even micro topics like passive and active voice. I'll bring my skills as a science writing instructor and a writer of narrative non-fiction to help you craft the best possible article or story to make your work shine.
If you're in need of thoughtful, experienced, and inspired guidance, you're in need of Diana. I sought her help in laying out the skeleton of my novel. Her advice was sage: write and write ; half will provide the structure of your story, the other half will end up on the cutting room floor. This unfroze me. I became less terrified of wrong turns and writing myself into corners. Now I write and believe that the story will emerge.
Diana has an ability to comprehend scientific writing and translate it into plain English, while also working with story. In my opinion her skill is rare. She has worked as my editor on three books - two on the psychology and neuroscience of learning and one on the topic of leadership. If it wasn't for Diana's patient and insightful guidance, I am not sure I would have produced books that readers say are easy to read, and also that I can be proud of. I would highly recommend Diana as your partner in writing a book or article