Writing is a powerful trek into the unknown, one that unfurls in layers and reveals itself in surprising ways. The process can be all-consuming. As we lay it out on the page, we can become too close to see the whole picture. We need an outside perspective, another set of eyes to hold steady the clarity of vision, intent and outcome.
The part I play for a writer is multi-faceted. I attune myself to your voice, rhythm, pace and to what makes you unique. I make sure that uniqueness is woven into the content you are translating from mind and heart to page. I am here to support, strengthen and call out to your authenticity so that it echoes through the pages even when the manuscript is closed, or the project is set aside.
Because you are moved to write, follow it. Let it take you. It is a deep, worthy cause to sit down and give way to a voice that has so much to say- a rite of passage in and of itself.
If you hit up against a wall, question why you are doing this, want to convince yourself it doesn’t matter, I will advocate that voice to rest. Your writing is a calling that should not be ignored.
I will let you know where I’m engaged and inspired. If I find a place where the writing falls flat, is disconnected, or you might be holding back, I will not stop until it rings out a refined and centered YES. All of my senses are heightened to the fine detail of word choice, sentence structure, pacing, metaphor (‘show don’t tell’) and overall flow and consistency.
Because writing is an internal journey, it’s essential to have a witness to the unraveling and organization so that what is on the inside translates to the outside- into a voice and rhythm that is distinctly yours.
I have a deep appreciation for distilled, fluid, hearted writing where words morph into the world that is inside of you to share with the world.
It is an honor beyond measure to midwife the story you want to tell, and bring it into full fruition. Writing is indeed like a birth. Labor pains and all! I know the tenacity it takes to wake up to the page every day. I am in awe of the dedication it takes to step out into the wide open terrain of this courageous, and often mysterious unfolding.
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“Working on my memoir with Leslie has been like engaging with my own self in another body. She becomes the self that can see perspectives I feel blind to, can hear a deeper story that I am too scared to birth alone, and can spot the undotted i or uncrossed t that eludes me. She has the skill to be present to all of these arenas a writer traverses. And she does it with such heart and wisdom. I wholeheartedly recommend her as coach or editor on your writing project.” -Sarah Rose, Oakland, CA