About P.S. Dobie

PS Dobie working on old typewriter

I’m a writer, editor, and teacher. I write novels, short stories, and a little nonfiction, and am the owner of Lucid Edit in Vancouver, Canada. As a developmental and stylistic editor of both fiction and nonfiction, I work with writers from around the world, including London, New York, Paris, Belgium, Georgia, Ireland, Hong Kong, Germany, Turkey, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, California, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington, Florida, Toronto, Cornwall, Alberta, Vancouver, Victoria…and anywhere else they write. My role is to help them write better books.

I teach writing workshops and wrote a book on how to find and work with a freelance fiction editor.

This fall, I’m teaching editors and avid readers the nuts and bolts of developmental editing for fiction with the Editorial Arts Academy.

What A Writer’s Roadmap is About

I believe writing is a “learn by doing” pursuit. You become a writer by writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re self-published, traditionally published, or still working your way toward publication. The writing road is a long one and can take surprising directions. The goal is always to write better books.

Through my work with writers and through making every mistake possible, from not writing (the worst) to not submitting (almost as bad), I’ve learned how to write better books and finish them more often, with less turmoil and stress.

Before becoming an editor, I worked as a project manager in international events. This gave me a great many practical tools for getting to ‘THE END’ on writing projects and living a deeply satisfying writing life.

A Writer’s Roadmap is a place for me to share what I’ve learned.


I’m happy to be a member of these excellent organizations: