Before we emigrated from Portugal, my father was a respected journalist. My eldest brother is an award-winning screenwriter. My college journalism professor said I had writing talent, but I didn’t believe him.
On my 30th birthday, I had my first astrological reading. After giving me an overview of my horoscope, the astrologer asked me:
“Are you a writer?”
Shrugging, I replied, ” I am a court reporter and write what people say.”
“No. I mean creative writing.”
She shook her head and said, “I see writing, writing, writing all over your chart!”
Her exclamation apparently pointing to some innate writing talent stirred something in me. Five months later, I purchased my first journal and began writing. That was the first of many over the next two decades. Eventually, I stopped journaling regularly, and my keyboard has replaced my pen because thoughts come pouring out faster than I can legibly write. Those journals have been invaluable in providing important details that I had long forgotten for my memoir.
In 7th grade, a classmate explained why kids were laughing at me when reading aloud: my inability to enunciate words beginning with “th.” That night, I decided to lose my Portuguese accent and master English. A year later, my teacher was so impressed with my English, spelling, grammar and conjugation skills that she invited me to be her assistant, which included grading papers of those very kids who had mocked my speech. Sweet justice.
Later throughout my court reporting career, I read thousands of transcripts – mine and other reporters’. As a result, I developed the ability to absorb content and instantly spot areas that are inconsistent, nonsensical or contain poor grammar, spelling or punctuation. They JUMP at me.
My love of photography and composition further enhanced these skills when I was marketing director for several years at a Unity church, and I could easily see misspellings or when text, graphics or other media were out of alignment, skewed or did not fit the intended message.
Court reporters and authors are amazed at my ability to spot errors. Rita Marie Johnson, Executive Director of Rasur Foundation and author of Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results, writes:
“Ana proofread my book, Completely Connected, which has 256 pages. She spotted details that needed fixing that both my editor and proofreader had missed. Her proofreading corrections were accurate and her suggestions for improvement of the content were also valuable. I would highly recommend Ana to anyone who needs assistance in developing written material.“
I have written several articles that were published in legal magazines and create content for my websites and social media accounts. In October 2015, I published 0-225: Your Guide to Writing Mastery (see my e-Book page for details).
If you are looking for accurate, high-quality writing, proofreading and editing, contact me!