You are a writer. Or an aspiring writer. Or someone who needs to write like they need to breathe.
You have a great idea for a novel. Or you want to share your knowledge with the world. Or you want to record your memoirs before it’s too late. Or maybe your ambition is to write for magazines and journals.
The problem is that you’re a bit unsure about the art of writing: How to structure a novel. How to create sparkling and realistic dialogue. How to write non-fiction with flair.
Perhaps grammar has never been your strong point, and you’re always confused about whether it’s who or whom, their or there (or they’re), its or it’s. The last thing you want is to come across as an amateur and not have your work taken seriously.
Maybe you’re overwhelmed by not knowing how to start the writing process itself, or you just can’t seem to get your tush on the chair and just write! You know you need to create sustainable writing habits, but you have no idea how to do it.
You want to make your mark on the world.
Welcome to Bulletproof Writing
I’m Deena Nataf, and I’m a book and journal editor with thirty years’ experience in the field. I want to help you get that first draft written, that manuscript finished, and that book (or article) out the door. It doesn’t matter whether you write to publish or you write for yourself. I am passionate about helping you create something of lasting value.
You can sign up for my free, bi-monthly emails that deliver tips and techniques on creating sparkling dialogue, publishing and self-publishing, crafting believable characters, developing evocative non-fiction, discovering your own writer’s voice, blasting writer’s block, establishing writing routines, and painless (I promise) grammar hacks that will raise your writing credibility head and shoulders above everyone else’s.
I know how to help your writing stand up and be counted in a crowded literary world.
I’ve edited legal volumes, philosophy books, children’s literature, novels, holy texts, and general non-fiction. I’ve edited and evaluated English translations from French, German, Russian, and Hebrew.
As senior editor in a publishing house, I specialized in high-level, technical, and developmental editing. I was also in charge of acquisitions for one of our departments, and thus have extensive experience in manuscript evaluation.
I have one husband, four children, a daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter. My hobbies are reading, reading, and reading. Also doing crossword puzzles and knitting for senility prevention. And I’m a half-marathon wannabe.
But Back to You…
You’ve probably read books or blogs on writing. Or you’ve joined online forums and taken seminars focusing on your craft. But let me ask you a question:
Who is writing the books and blogs? Who is curating the forums and presenting at the seminars?
My guess is that it’s another writer.
Wouldn’t you rather learn from someone who’s been in the trenches for thirty years, who’s worked with hundreds of writers and edited thousands of books and articles in dozens of genres? That’s what an editor does. That’s what an editor is.
I can see what writers can’t, because I see things from an entirely different perspective from writers.
I hope my blog posts will excite you to the point where you find yourself running to fire up your computer (or get out that pen) and get going!
All the best,