write

(v.) to form marks (letters, words, or other symbols) on a surface, typically paper, with an instrument (such as a pencil) in order to record or communicate ideas and information

become a better writer

Teach your family to have an healthy relationship with food.

BECOME A BETTER WRITER

I have spent my adult life as a student, attorney, teacher, artist and writer.

As a graduate of Duke University and Stanford Law School, a former corporate litigator and private school history teacher, I have mastered the art of writing and understand how to teach it.

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the edit assist

Nadya Scheiner created The Edit Assist, a full-service writing resource based in Cleveland, Ohio, but available via remote sessions to anyone, anywhere.

From brainstorming what to write about to turning in your final piece, Nadya will be there every step of the way. In between conception and submission, there is a process that will become the architectural blueprint for every paper you write.

who we help

If this is you…

  • I am writing an essay for college applications.

  • I am working on a short story.

  • I am working on a research paper.

  • I am writing a paper for a class in school.

  • I have lots of ideas but I do not know what to do with them.

  • I do not know how to come up with ideas.

  • I have a paper due and I do not know how to start.

  • I fear any writing assignments because I feel overwhelmed.

  • I have a long term project or paper that I want to get a jump start on.

  • I have already written a paper and I need help revising or editing it.

  • I want to practice how to write and/or edit even though I may not have a specific paper due.

                                  …The Edit Assist can help.

…The Edit Assist can help.

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common error #1: Using the wrong word.

(It happens far more often than you might think!)

Nodding in agreement, Max said “Your right.”
Nodding in agreement, Max said “You’re right.”

the writing process

Writing is a craft, an art, an instrument, a tool, and sometimes a weapon.  It is an essential skill by which your work will be judged in high school, college, the workplace, and the community.  Why?  How you write reveals how you think.

Writing well is not a mysterious process; good writing is good thinking.  Accomplished writers seem smarter or wittier than their readers because they have time to think about how they want to express an idea.  They also take time to make sure their work is free of grammatical and spelling mistakes.

Writing well is a process that looks like this:

ASSIGNMENT
ASSESS THE SITUATION: WHAT EXACTLY IS BEING ASKED?
GENERATE IDEAS / "BRAINSTORM"
FOCUS IDEAS
COLLECT INFORMATION / RESEARCH
ORGANIZE INFORMATION
FIRST DRAFT
FEEDBACK
REVISE
FURTHER DRAFTS
EDIT
PROOFREAD
SUBMIT

THE WRITING PROCESS

the writing process

Writing is a craft, an art, an instrument, a tool, and sometimes a weapon.  It is an essential skill by which your work will be judged in high school, college, the workplace, and the community.  Why?  How you write reveals how you think.

Writing well is not a mysterious process; good writing is good thinking.  Accomplished writers seem smarter or wittier than their readers because they have time to think about how they want to express an idea.  They also take time to make sure their work is free of grammatical and spelling mistakes.

Writing well is a process that looks like this:

The Writing Process Mobile

common error #2: Unnecessarily “fancy” language to sound smarter.

(“Never use a long word when a short one will do,” said George Orwell.)

I endeavored to learn to type.
I tried to learn to type.

types of writing

The Edit Assist can help with any form of writing:

expository

Expository

Expository writing sets forth facts. You can find it in textbooks, journalism, business writing, technical writing, essays, and instructions.

descriptive

descriptive

Descriptive writing evokes images through rich description. You can find it in fiction, poetry, journal writing, and advertising.

persuasive

persuasive

Persuasive writing aims to sway the reader toward the author’s point of view. It is used heavily in advertising and can also be found in opinion and editorial pieces, reviews, and job applications.

narrative

narrative

Narrative writing tells a story. It can be found in fiction, poetry, biographies, human interest stories, and anecdotes.

common error #3: The passive voice.

The subject of the sentence should be the person or thing taking the action.

This website was created by me.
I created this website.

work we will do

Using crucial prewriting strategies, The Edit Assist will help you build the foundation on which your entire work will stand. There is a lot work we will do before you start writing.

(1) Understand your assignment
(2) Narrow down your topic choices and decide on one
(3) Carefully consider who your reader is
(4) Develop your ideas

*To develop your ideas, The Edit Assist will show you how to practice several active techniques that move beyond merely jotting down your thoughts. Developing your ideas is often called “brainstorming.” Some people call it “brain dumping.”

(5) Collect information by doing the research. Read, take notes, and document sources.
(6) Organize the information you collect.

*If you have an enormous basket of mixed fruit that you must organize, there are many ways to do it: color; how it is eaten; how it grows, does it have edible seeds; et cetera. How you organize your information will depend on the point you are trying to make to your reader.

(7) The Edit Assist will teach you how to synthesize your information. Synthesizing means combining rather than merely summarizing. Do not simply describe what you collected; instead, figure out why it matters that you categorized what you collected in the way that you did.

The Edit Assist will help with what is often the most difficult part of the writing process: actually writing. The first step in this part of the process is to just get some words down on paper, please! You will never know what you are going to say before you say it, so just say it and call it a first draft. It does not have to be perfect; it doesn’t even have to be great. It just needs to be something with which you can work.

Now is the time to hear what your teachers, peers, or Edit Assist tutor think about what you wrote.  The Edit Assist will make sure you’ve written exactly what you wanted to communicate, and that the reader will understand exactly what you wanted to communicate.

Revision requires that you take a step back, a breath, and then a hard look at your paper in terms of your topic, your ideas, and your reader. This is the most important and time-consuming part of the project.  It may require you to go back and do some more research.  You may have to reorganize what you already have on paper.  You may have to add more paragraphs in order to flesh out your ideas or delete paragraphs in order to keep the writing tight.

The Edit Assist will help you identify and edit the most common errors that can make all the difference.  Editing is the part of the writing process by which you show the reader that you care about the piece of writing you are going to share with him or her.  It is worth its weight in gold to have someone with an editor’s eye read your work for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and for strange phrases or word choices that will make it harder for the reader to know what you mean.  Know which style guide (Chicago, AMA, Cambridge, AP, e.g.), if any, you are supposed to use.  Make sure you have inserted page numbers if required.

common error #4: Unnecessary comma.

If you add a comma where it is not needed, you will obscure rather than clarify your meaning.

My favorite colors are red , and blue.
My favorite colors are red and blue.

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common error #5: the notorious missing oxford comma.

My favorite colors are red, blue, green and pink.
My favorite colors are red, blue, green, and pink.

pricing

single session

$150

4 session package

$550

8 session package

$1000

* sessions are 50 minutes, via Zoom or in-person when advisable

payments accepted via Venmo and Zelle