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Ten Reasons You May Need a Writing Coach

Through constructive feedback, encouragement, and guidance, a writing coach helps writers recognize their strengths, embrace their unique voice, and develop confidence in their abilities.

A writing coach helps
writers create a schedule, set aside dedicated writing time, and provide strategies to maintain consistency and productivity.

  1. A writing coach is a professional writer, editor and instructor who offers guidance, support, and expertise to writers at various stages of their writing journey.
  2. A writing coach provides personalized guidance to writers. They work closely with writers to understand their goals, strengths, and areas for improvement. The coach then tailors their approach to meet the specific needs of each writer, helping them develop their unique voice and style.
  3. Feedback and critique are critical in the writing process. A writing coach offers constructive feedback on a writer's work, focusing on aspects such as structure, plot development, character development, dialogue, and style. They provide detailed comments, suggestions for improvement, and help writers refine their writing skills.
  4. Accountability and goal setting:  a writing coach helps writers set goals and provides accountability. They assist writers in breaking down their writing projects into manageable tasks, establishing deadlines, and holding them accountable for meeting those goals. This support helps writers stay focused, motivated, and on track.
  5. Craft and technique: a writing coach helps writers improve their craft and develop essential writing techniques. They may offer guidance on elements like storytelling, pacing, plot structure, character development, dialogue, setting, and description. By honing these skills, writers can enhance the overall quality of their work.
  6. Overcoming writer's block and challenges: a writing coach addresses the common challenges that writers face, such as writer's block, self-doubt, or struggling with a particular aspect of writing. A writing coach provides strategies and techniques to overcome these obstacles, offering support and encouragement throughout the process.
  7. Mentoring and motivation: a writing coach serves as a mentor, offering support and motivation to writers. They provide guidance in navigating the writing industry, offer insights on publishing options, and share their own experiences to inspire and encourage writers to persevere.
  8. Development of a writing routine:  a writing coach assists writers in establishing a writing routine and developing good writing habits. They may help writers create a schedule, set aside dedicated writing time, and provide strategies to maintain consistency and productivity.
  9. Building confidence and self-belief:  a writing coach plays a crucial role in building a writer's confidence and self-belief. Through constructive feedback, encouragement, and guidance, they help writers recognize their strengths, embrace their unique voice, and develop confidence in their abilities.
  10. Collaboration and support:  a writing coach provides a supportive and collaborative environment. They act as a partner throughout the writing journey, offering encouragement, celebrating successes, and helping writers navigate challenges. They also foster a sense of community among writers, connecting them with other resources and networks.
I have been working as a freelance writing coach for two decades, but demand has gone up since Zoom became part of our modern lives. Most of my clients book once a month meetings. They send me anywhere from five to 100 pages to read before our meeting or a list of questions a few days beforehand. This keeps our meetings focused. 
If you're looking for a writing coach, please email me for information tailored to your work.

Photograph courtesy of Unsplash : KOBU agency 

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