Some people find it difficult to organize their writing and stay on schedule.
Some people can’t seem to get the first word on paper.
Some people think writing is too challenging.
A writing coach can help you overcome these hurdles and many more!
By applying the benefit of years of experience to your project, a writing coach helps you establish realistic goals and expectations, and supports you as you meet them.
In short, a writing coach keeps you on track when …
Your enthusiasm wanes
You find the process of writing discouraging
You need a new approach or technique
You’re full of ideas but can’t get them on paper
You feel lost in the middle of a project
What is a writing coach?
A writing coach is part cheerleader, part teacher, and part hard-nosed editor. He or she guides your writing project through uncertainties and problems, and creates the structure you need to keep writing. As you write, a writing coach gives you helpful feedback on how to strengthen your writing by offering the objective response of an outsider with the encouragement of someone who wants you to succeed. A writing coach empowers you to bring your project to completion.
When should you work with a writing coach?
If you’re serious about wanting to write but don’t know where to start
If your enthusiasm and energy ran out before you finished the project
If you feel the need to test what you’ve written
How does coaching work?
You and your coach maintain an ongoing conversation about your project via telephone, e-mail, and notations on your manuscript or text. The length of coaching can range from one hour to one month to one year or more.
Here is an overview of the coaching process (note: not all aspects may apply to your project):
Phase 1: Getting started: motivation and organization
During this initial stage, your coach will help you:
Identify your audience
Articulate clear goals
Define the scope of your project
Set intermediary steps you can take one step at a time
Voice your theme or idea and bring your message to life
Phase 2: Pre-writing and the start of a first draft
Your coach will help you set up the writing supports necessary to succeed, such as:
How to use your computer and its programs for easier writing and editing
How to arrange an orderly writing space
How to get support from the people around you
How to set a realistic yet challenging writing schedule
Your coach will assign helpful pre-writing tasks that will make the actual writing process much easier. Your coach will then provide support as you write your first draft.
Your coach will share short cuts and tips for getting past writing hurdles, as well as strategies for overcoming writer’s block.
Phase 3: The hard-core writing begins
As you produce a first draft, your coach will stay by your side. At this stage you will learn how to:
Identify and develop areas or elements of your text that are weak or missing
Focus on the core message and eliminate distracting side stories
Become aware of your personal challenges in terms of grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
Enhance stylistic elements, such as tone, diction, voice, pacing, and imagery in order to add depth and interest to your work