Need Words: Helping you write the best book you can…


Need Words is where you come when you want to write the BEST book you can.

Do you have a burning idea for a novel, but no clue about where to start? You might already be writing it but feel like you’re wading through mud. Perhaps you write short stories but their quality has stagnated. Being a writer is wonderful – but it can be a lonely road.

Do you have an ambition to write your memoirs or a book to inspire and lead others, but have got no further than a pile of notes? Are you worried that you won’t be able to learn the skills to produce it or that it will be too time consuming? Perhaps you’re put off by the jargon used in writing groups and courses. Are you concerned that your spelling and grammar are going to let you down? Operating as Need Words, I can help.

I can help you remove every one of those obstacles. Need Words’ Writers’ Pool ( my online membership) and Need Words’ Storytellers (my face to face membership in South Wales plus 1:1 support) offer guidance, encouragement and learning to members, as well as valuable human company along the path of your creative journey.

NEW Write the Best Book You Can Group Coaching Plan (all online) is designed for people who want to write books to help, inspire or motivate others. It offers access to video and activity sheet modules, as well as a supportive Facebook environment for ongoing development of your writing. Great for those who feel writing can be a lonely activity, membership of the Group Coaching Plan is available for a one-off fee. You’ll get all module upgrades as they become available.

You don’t have to write your book alone… Book a 1:1 Skype and talk it through. You don’t have to stumble through the writing and editing processes without guidance… Work with me to create a great manuscript. You don’t have to spend hours trawling through ‘how to write a novel’ books… I can lead you through the process by presenting you with choices. You don’t have to take it to a publisher still not knowing if it’s any good… Work with me to be confident that you’ve spent your time well and created the best book you can.

Other services include:


  • manuscript critique – for when you want honest opinions and professional insights into your characters, plot, structure and style.
  • proofreading – for when you want to be confident in the accuracy of your spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • editing/proofreading combined – for when you want an unbiased person to take away the stress and uncertainty of self-editing.
  • commentary – for when you want honest opinions of the detail of your manuscript or a section of it (characters, plot, style).
  • ghost writing – for when you want someone to use your ideas and research to write a manuscript for you.

Writing on your own is hard. Writing a book on your own is harder. And writing the best book you can without help… well, that’s a challenge! But Need Words is here to help, from the seed of the first idea to the completed manuscript, providing professional services with a human touch.

“If you are an aspiring author, why wouldn’t you seek expert input to make your manuscript the very best it can be? Deanne not only edits and proofreads, but she provides the clarity and insight to turn your work into publishable material.”

Laura Foakes, author of The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academywinner of the 2012 South Wales Short Story Competition, shortlisted for the 2016 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Award.

“The nicest grammar Nazi you will ever meet! Deanne has been my secret weapon. Not afraid to give criticism, possessing an eye for detail and a genuine passion for what she does, Deanne has developed my writing technique and accelerated the learning process for a first time author. Writing a book can be daunting. If it wasn’t for her involvement there is every chance this book wouldn’t have got much further than a Word document and a pile of notes.”

“Been to one of Deanne’s workshops and it was wonderful. She has given a name to one of my writing anxieties, which diffused half the problem!” Zaina Zahid, EFT & Kinesiology Practitioner

“Deanne is the best secret weapon. Every writer should have her tucked in their pockets in case of a crisis of confidence.” Linda Jones

“Deanne is really great to work with. Very efficient and accurate. We needed something done at the last minute and she went above and beyond for us. I would thoroughly recommend her she is helpful, friendly and professional.” Ruth Steggles, Fresh Air Fridays

“Deanne worked to keep my writing and personality intact whilst subtly yet powerfully helping with clarity and delivery flow. I could never have done without her talent and skills. I would absolutely recommend her editing skills and will definitely be using her services for all my book publications in future. 10/10” Paul Rees, Accolade Academy

Need Words’ Writers’ Pool

Do you feel lacking in confidence to write that novel you’ve always wanted to write? Believe you’re too short on time to write your memoirs? Worried people will laugh at you when they find out you’re writing a book? By joining Need Words’ Writers’ Pool, you can rid yourself of those fears. With short videos and downloadable exercises, plus a weekly ‘surgery’ video and a members-only forum, you can build your skills and ask questions in a safe place.

Need Words’ Storytellers

Publishing a book is easier than ever before, thanks to various online platforms and print on demand (POD) set ups. All that is fabulous. Support to actually write a book is generally harder to find. Through a members’ group called Storytellers, Need Words helps aspiring authors create their manuscripts, from planning through to completion.