About Willow Editing
When I was 14, a huge plot twist turned my life upside down. As a way to cope with everything, I turned to writing. That’s when I made it my mission to help other writers do the same.
Writing was my social life
As a child, I was an avid reader and I loved coming up with stories and just the feeling of writing with pen and paper.
When I was 12, my parents decided we were moving to France. As the youngest of 4 with much older siblings, I would be the only one to come with. France may sound idyllic to some, but we ended up in a remote farming village in the middle of nowhere in a house that hadn't been lived in or 50 years. An exciting project for my parents, not so much for me.
I started writing fanfiction about my favourite actors (*cough*William Moseley*cough*) and musicians (Ringo and Tré Cool, anyone?) and fill in my lack of close real-life friends with characters I read about and came up with myself.
Despite becoming fluent in French within two years and getting good grades, bullying at school led me to believe nothing I did was ever good enough. There had to be something inherently wrong with me, considering everyone else seemed to have a great time.
Fast-forward a few years to a real-life plot twist: there was a fire that destroyed our home and everything in it. As we moved from mobile home to holiday home to rental house as we waited for the construction of the new house to be completed, my social situation at school didn't improve.
I found a home away from home in an online writing forum, where I soon spent all of my free time. I had started out writing fanfiction featuring a main character whose house was destroyed by a fire as a way to cope, but little by little I found inspiration to write a story featuring speaking animal characters based on images I’d come across on the internet.
I came across the writing forum when looking for help with character development, but found myself more and more drawn towards critiquing other people's work and helping them grow across multiple drafts.
When it was time for me to go to college, I moved back to the Netherlands and in 2017 I obtained my master's degree in Editing. During my time as a student, I already knew I wanted to have my own editing business. As an intern at a children's book publisher, I had noticed how little time there was to edit manuscripts, which meant they were always published in a state of 'good enough' instead of 'the best it could be', and my goal was to help writers make the most of their writing.
My mission became clear
As I started working with more and more clients, I discovered the majority of writers despise editing. This made me sad at first, until I figured out the cause: self-editing writers often just wing it or lack clarity on which action to take. Editing is considered hard, boring, frustrated and a necessary evil because of a lack of direction and purpose.
So my mission became clear: help fiction writers thoroughly self-edit their novel to improve their chance of successful self-publishing without getting overwhelmed or bored.
I truly believe that fiction makes the world a little more beautiful, and it pains me to see amazing writers strand before their book is published due to the belief that they and their story aren't good enough.
Knowing what it feels like to always believe there's something inherently lacking while others seem to have it all together, I'm determined to help you overcome your belief that you and your book don't have what it takes.
You are good enough, and with the proper guidance your success is inevitable if you're willing to put in the work.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Some fun facts about me:
I saved up to buy a horse as a teenager, and am still a horse girl at heart. I'd love to have a cat, but my husband is allergic.
I'm super happy and grateful to have become a mum on April 8th, 2021.
I love to write and receive snail mail.
I can be really loud when I get excited about something, even though I usually speak so softly others can hardly hear.
I went on holiday to Japan with mu husband in 2017, and I can't wait to go back there with our daughter in a few years to share all the cute stationery and beautiful nature with her.
I love coffee-flavoured things, but dislike actual coffee.
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