Structure and Organization
“Let’s remake the world with words.
Not frivolously, nor
To hide from what we fear,
But with a purpose.
Let’s, as Wordsworth said, remove
“The dust of custom” so things
Shine again, each object arrayed
In its robe of original light.
And then we’ll see the world
As if for the first time.
As once we gazed at the beloved
Who was gazing at us.“
~ Let’s Remake the World, Gregory Orr
Welcome to the forest of words and ideas! I hope I can help you find your way through it. I see writing as a great collaborative effort. The writer herself/himself is a vessel of inspiration, vision, ideas… a sort of channel. But the process isn’t complete there. Some of us need a coach, to keep our vision and intent focused and on track. Coaching is a fabulous tool for helping writers at many different stages: from the writer with a strong urge to further commit to writing, but not knowing exactly where to start, where it will lead, or how to carve out the time in their life; to the writer with a definite project in mind but daunted or bogged down by the size of the work and the necessity to find clear focus.
At the next level—the writing itself—all writers benefit from outside expertise of some sort, be it for the big picture of structure and organization, the intermediary level of word flow and content clarity, or for more granular language and grammar conventions. One way or another a writer can benefit from the input of another writer to help bring it all together and convey what is fully intended. That’s where the editor/developmental writer comes in. In my 30 years of editing in a wide variety of contexts, I’ve seen how every writer needs help gathering, crafting, honing, and/or refining their communication.
To this end, I can assist you or your organization in shaping both the ‘forest and the trees’ of your writing or message, resulting in a clear, sparkling end product you are proud of and ready to release into the world. My extensive experience in a broad range of contexts includes
Topics in which I have personal expertise, experience, and interest include spiritual ecology, evolutionary activism, social change, environmental sustainability, permaculture, herbalism, gardening, energy science, alternative health, meditation, growing inner resilience, spirituality, astrology and dreamwork, and depth psychology,
Editorial services include
Please contact me to arrange a complementary evaluation where we can explore your needs and determine whether we would be a good match.
Diana’s profound and wise counsel has helped me navigate my life goals. Through her insights, I was able to reclaim my passion of writing and learn self-compassion along the way.
~ K Muttaqi, script writer [writing coaching]
You are a dream editor. I’ve been so immersed in and excited by your changes—thank you! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on the overview. It’s very exciting to see my work come back to me improved. You are a dream editor!
~ A Wiesen, ethnobotanist, permaculture and urban space designer [copy and content editing on commercial educational product]
Thanks so much for your effort and energy editing my book. It is clearly a better product as a result of your input.
~ R Olesky, astrologer [book editing]
I really like your editing. I found it wonderful to work with you, and the editing has been so beautifully woven into the feeling of the book. This has been a huge gift. Thank you!
~ A Scott, founder of DreamWeather Foundation [developmental book editing]
Thanks for a great job. You add a wonderful clarity and professional tone to the book, which I greatly appreciate.
~ S Rose, counselor [book editing]
My heartfelt thanks for helping me clarify my ideas and experiences–no easy task–and actually making them accessible to the reader! You were superb, and such finesse!
~ P Kelley, artist [grant application]
Having always loved writing and reading, I earned my B.A. in Comparative Literature at Brown University, for which I of course did a lot of reading and writing, some in French. I also loved Russian literature and later studied that language as well. After college I immediately got jobs in the editing field, both as an assistant editor and as a writer of news and investigative pieces in Washington, D.C. I segued into freelance magazine article writing when I moved to California, and then later procured editorial work at the University of California, Berkeley. In the many years since then I have woven my writing and editing skills into most jobs I’ve had in a variety of fields. In recent years, I have concentrated more on content development of educational materials for web, video, and print; writing coaching; book editing; and newsletter writing and editing. I feel as a writer and editor, when I assist others I am operating in a sort of midwife capacity, serving to birth a creative project or a need or vision held by my client. It is an honor to do so.