Breaking tradition and going full-on first person, since it’s just me. Hi, I’m Natasha! Welcome to my site, Clan Witch & Word Refinery.
From the heart of Scotland, I find inspiration to write in just about everything — from the maddeningly mundane to the utterly horrific.
My writing is often woven with horror, sex and psychological elements. I’m opposed to the almost incessant human desire to label and box off art. Art is unrestrained freedom.
I am a member of The Horror Writers Association (HWA) and The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).
I have independently published work, compiled and edited anthologies, and contributed to a plethora of publications. I support other creatives by proofreading, editing, and creating promotional material via Word Refinery services, linked here.
Out-with writing and editing, I’m an avid gig-goer, reader, vegan, home educating, nature-loving, adopter of wonky animals.
Here I offer editorial and creative support to writers.
Personally and professionally, I have long been the person people turn to to achieve ‘the right wording’ — to refine and communicate their message in a voice that’s clear and true to the author. I have a keen eye for detail, style and development while upholding respect to the storyteller’s unique voice and perspective.
My business background marries professionalism — I am a stickler for fact-checking and communicating accurate information that supports integrity — with a creative, boundary-breaking flare.
As an author, I have a working understanding of the indie publishing experience – from writing, incorporating valuable feedback, editing, formatting, cover design and promotional graphics. I understand the highs and lows of the independent publishing process and have experience in submitting work to publishers while adhering to specific guidelines. I have learned a lot by jumping straight into the deep end and continue to do so daily, and I endeavour to bring this real-life experience to my clients with honesty and integrity. I care about your voice, your story – you won’t find a mere formulaic processor here, be assured it is personal.
I have supported businesses in writing copy, and other publishers and writers by proofreading, beta reading, judging writing competitions and providing more detailed and thorough editing – from copyediting to developmental and structural.
I am continuously learning (as a home educator, I believe in leading by example). Having completed a CPD accredited Diploma course in Proofreading and Editing, passing with Distinction in 2021 — this gave me the thirst for deeper study. I am currently studying BA (Honours) English Language and Literature.
As a reader, editor and writer, I have a particular interest in erotica and horror and the wonderfully diverse sub-genres that make these so rich and compelling. Projects that hit this area will take priority consideration.
If you are looking for proofreading or editorial support, please head to Word Refinery pages here and contact me!
I look forward to hearing about your project.
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