Mentoring

‘I cannot overstate the impact of Natalie’s dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. She helped me to look at my novel with fresh eyes; to see the strengths, weaknesses and most importantly, to find new ways forward. She introduced me to the tools and discipline I needed me to complete my novel and to better understand the craft of story-telling.’ — Paul K Joyce, YA author of CRACK

‘I came to Natalie in need of direction and she has given me that, and so much more. As a mentor, her advice is so useful and constructive. Natalie is really honest and clear, and always encouraging and positive. I feel she’s enabled me to let go of a lot of fears and anxieties I had around my writing, and is teaching me to enjoy the process, and the journey of writing stories. Technically, Natalie has a wealth of knowledge on literary techniques and trends, character, structure, plot, show not tell, voice, etc. and she sends me articles, and books, and suggestions, all of which keep me motivated and enrich my writing and reading experience.’ — Laura Burgoine: Literary / commercial fiction author

‘Natalie has the uncanny ability to see beyond the manuscript to the writer you could be and then finds a way to guide you there with more than just sensitivity and a masterclass in writing, but also with a belief that within the work hides a rough diamond, just waiting for patient polishing. Under her tutelage, I’ve found the courage to step away from my original manuscript and begin my hero’s story anew, with fresh focus, a firm grip on action and a killer plot twist. Every conversation with Natalie is challenging, every suggestion thought-provoking. She knows instinctively where I come unstuck or when I’m trying to achieve too much at the detriment of my hero’s progression. I’ve signed up for six months mentoring and I will, without hesitation, be renewing this for book two. There is no one else I would entrust Aion to.’ Sara Lilley, author of Seven Sagas of Aion.