Do You Need a Writing Coach?
A writing coach may be exactly what you need, especially if any of the following statements hold true for you:
You know what you want to write but you are having difficulty getting started.
You're feeling overwhelmed by the process of writing your story and need motivation and encouragement.
You are not satisfied with the progress you've made thus far.
You care deeply about bringing your story to life but need help with focus.
You want guidance with plot and character development.
You know what your characters need to say but struggle with how to make their dialogue real—flowing naturally and allowing us to see each character clearly.
You are ready to tell your personal story but are not sure how much or when will be the right time to share it. You may even be wondering if you have a message that will be of interest to others.
You want support to better manage your time and be able to work through the obstacles that come up, including day-to-day living or where your story wants to go.
You want support to organize, set goals, and stay on track.
A writing coach is a guide who can get involved at any point in your writing process. The ideal time to hire a coach is at or near the beginning of your writing; however, whenever you decide you need a coach, that assistance will be beneficial. Here are some of the ways a writing coach can serve you:
A writing coach will help you organize your project, determine a schedule, and assign dates to milestones, including a completion date, if possible.
A writing coach helps you identify the elements and stages of your writing project. These can include initial and revised outlines, research when necessary and relevant, progress and drafts along the way.
A writing coach helps you create a clear and compelling premise or plot; determine the tone, style, and voice based on your intended audience; and ultimately produce a captivating, satisfying narrative, whether fiction or nonfiction.
A writing coach helps you find the heart of the content, what works and what needs work, how to carry out research and conduct interviews, and how to frame and organize the material (including what to include and what to leave out).
A writing coach helps the writer focus, provides an objective perspective, and guides and encourages every step of the way. A writing coach is like having your own personal cheering section—someone who will spur you on and celebrate each success along the way with you.
A good writing coach is a mentor.
What I Offer As a Writing Coach
As a writing coach, I act as your mentor, team strategist, accountability partner, confidante, and guide in your creative endeavor. I am here to help you hone your craft, strengthen your voice, and gain confidence in your writing as well as where your story is going. Because I am also an editor, I will review your writing along the way to look at elements such as style, plot, flow, order, character development, dialogue, and voice.
I will coach you to create a writing life in which you'll thrive—assisting you with finding the time and motivation to write and helping you to overcome any obstacles that may appear along the way. In the process, you get the best of all worlds, discovering that writing is not a chore to be checked off but a profoundly enriching experience to be enjoyed.
As a writing coach, I guide you through the writing process to help you unfold and connect with your story so that you can bring it forth and share it with others. I offer a safe and supportive working partnership that allows you to dig deep and excavate the story you need and want to tell.
Contact me. I provide a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation.
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