Addy helped me edit my Master's Thesis proposal, a grueling 27 page document for which concision and clarity was key. The requirements of the proposal included many pieces with incredibly short writing constraints (2-3 pages for the literature review for instance). I was really struggling to explain my questions, and thought process, while justifying my methodological approach in such limited spaces. Addy was able to help me slash and burn proposal, synthesizing all of my writing. My proposal is now direct, active and engaging in a way that I couldn't have made it myself.
Along with incredibly generous line editing, Addy offered feedback for the overall structure and voice, and helped make my proposal academic and grounded in lived experience. I was interested in opening my long proposal with a one paragraph anecdote and unsure as to whether this approach was working in the way I wanted it to. Addy assured me (after some adjusting) that this was a way to "show rather than tell" the reader how the artwork I am exploring is emotionally engaging.
This moment in our editing process showed that she had a comprehensive understanding of voice, readership, and my goals as a writer. She helped me stay calibrated and maintain my own writing voice while always considering the requirements of the text. I intend to return to Addy throughout my Master's Thesis project for the rest of the year.