WRITING SERVICES:

GHOSTWRITING AND EDITING

Welcome to Heart and Bones Writing—your one stop word shop.
I specialize in memoir, fiction and screenplay ghostwriting.
I also offer editing and consulting services for those who want to make their own work stronger.

WHY CALL MY WRITING SERVICES “HEART AND BONES?

I decided to call my company ‘Heart and Bones’ because I wanted to articulate something that’s often misunderstood about the relationship between a writer (you) and a ghostwriter (me.) Often, people ask me, “Ghostwriting? Isn’t that unethical?” And I always have to explain, “Not at all. My clients bring the beating heart that’s at the center of the work, I just provide the bones that hold it all together.”

YOUR STORY, WISDOM AND EXPERTISE ARE AT THE HEART OF THE WRITING. 

Lots of people have amazing life stories, rich internal worlds and wild imaginations. But what those people might not have is the time, or the training, to turn those stories and ideas into words on the page.

I’LL PROVIDE THE STRUCTURE—THE BONES OF THE WRITING.

Organization is the most invisible part of the writing process—from the big ideas that hold it all together, all the way down to a single sentence or a line of dialogue—but without it, all those meaningful ideas and heartfelt moments won’t hold together.

IS WRITING A LOT OF WORK?

Sure!  But not necessarily on your end. If you have a few hours a week to tell me a story, or have a decent outline for me to work off of, I can do the rest – drawing out the juicy details, making the story flow and articulating the meaning of the story without being heavy handed. And along the way, I’ll pick out exactly the right words to describe the exterior world of the story and the internal world of the characters to keep your readers turning the page.

We don’t have to call it “ghostwriting,” we can call it something else. We can call me your “book assistant,” “screenplay friend,” or even “person who is finally going to make my amazing project happen.”

“I enlisted Dara to help me rewrite a project I wanted to elevate. Dara detailed and outlined exactly what it would take from both of us to reach my goals. She then immersed herself in my project as if it were her own. Her ability to see the big picture and make every small detail connect along the way was brilliant. Working with Dara was one of those life moments where you think, “This was meant to be!”

—Mark Miletello, Orphan Christmas