An Empty Page

From one writer to another:

You did it. That first draft is a huge challenge, and when it’s done, is an even bigger accomplishment. Or maybe you’re on your 4th manuscript draft, or you’ve got a few words scrawled on the back of a napkin, or a doodle in the margin of a legal pad. In any case, you’ve bravely filled an empty space with your ideas.

I salute you. And I want to help.

As a writer and editor, I get it from both sides of the page – from seeing the bird’s eye view, down to finding the right word. I’m here to help you tell your story, or launch your big idea.

Good stories and big ideas are just what this world needs right now. Let’s move that idea from floating around in your head to singing on the page.

Let’s create spaces where ideas flow, truth is spoken, stories shared, and next steps taken. On the page and virtually, I’ll help you rekindle your vision, craft your message, and get your work un-stuck.

Writers face an empty page. You don’t have to do it alone.

Under my Wing

What do you need to take your next step?

  • Clarify your message
  • Elevate your narrative and make it flow
  • Nest your work in the right genre
  • Hatch your scenes and beats
  • Nurture your creative process and writer self
  • Hone in on your ideal reader
  • Soar into readers’ hearts and minds

I have a question for you.

Can You answer this? It’s an essential question, for all writers.
  • Avoid a big mistake
  • Get people talking about your work
  • The answer impacts your writing AND marketing

Let’s Talk!

Good things come in threes.

Schedule a free 30-minute conversation with me and take away the three next steps for your fiction or nonfiction project.

From practical tasks to writer’s inspiration, we’ll get you energized for the way ahead.

Words from Clients

Maria is a facilitator-extraordinaire. She comes to each gathering with a generosity of spirit, a gentle rhythm of consistency, and an attentive listening ear. Maria draws out thoughtful conversation from participants and encourages us to bring our best selves to our craft. It is a joy and a gift to be in her presence.

Julie Steele Mahoney

Writer, Creator of Celery For One

Maria provided me with the Story Grid 6 Core Question Analysis for my novel manuscript. From the first video call with Maria, I knew she was going to provide a professional and helpful analysis of my manuscript. She showed me where I was hitting the mark with such enthusiasm and also detailed the gaps and areas that need work. I came away with a clear picture of what needs to be done and some great ideas (and resources) for improvements.

Ericka Tippett

Novelist, Award-Winning Fiction Author

Maria has worked with several of our authors. She recognizes the importance of maintaining the “Author’s Voice” while helping them craft their words for an easier, more marketable read.

Cathy Davis

Founder/CEO, Davis Creative Publishing Partners

Certifications & Such

Are you a plotter or a Pantser?

Plotters work from an outline, plan out their scenes, and know the ending of their story before they begin writing. Pantsers go with the flow, scribble down what comes to mind, and are often surprised by what shows up.

I’m a Plantser.

And that’s just what you need in an editor.

Let me be your warm and wise guide on the path of storytelling, as your delighted reader and quick-witted editor. I can give you clear, do-able next steps for your work with reliable analysis, and a healthy dose of encouragement when the writing gets tough.

I’ll help your pantser get organized and your plotter jump in and trust the flow, all while celebrating you — the courageous writer who dared to fill an empty page.

Birds of a Feather

Work Together!

Dream it up

Reach for the sky. Together, we’ll find and articulate your voice from rough draft to polished manuscript.

Do the work

Humor, wisdom, and savvy are essential companions in creating your fiction or nonfiction work.

Tend the writer

Share your work and develop your project — through writer’s block to finished product — with a trusted advisor in a creative space.

Get Your Next 3 Steps

See for yourself what it’s like to work with me, for free!

Schedule your free 30-minute conversation, get your three next steps, and come away energized to fill the empty page again.