Could a Writer’s Coach Be the Superhero for Your Writing Career?

Posted on June 3, 2014

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 Sometimes when writing, you can reach a point where you can’t go on, and you feel like you need someone to rescue you. But, how can someone save you from your own writing? Well, a writer’s coach could sure do the job.

Whether you’re writing the next best-selling fiction book, an autobiography, or a professional blog, a writer’s coach could be your ace in the hole for completing and improving your writing project. A writer’s coach is there to help you with any of your writing needs. If you’re new to writing, a coach could be a great place to start, but only if you know what you need help with and what you plan to do. Even if you’re an experienced writer, a coach could be the solution to the problems that won’t stop bugging you. A coach could be especially helpful if you’re writing in a new style, genre, or format because the same rules that work for one area may not apply to another. Whether your difficulties are big or small, a writer’s coach might be right for you.

            What exactly does a writing coach do? Well, they work much like a coach for a sports team. They are there to help with whatever you need. A coach has experience with writing, editing, and proofreading as well as with helping others. There are other ways to get help with writing, but coaches work on a personal level with their clients. The recommendations you receive will come from draft revisions, letter critiques, and one-on-one interaction. If your coach lives nearby, you can meet face-to-face, but a video conference works if there is too much distance. The improvements you make will come from you working on your own time, while taking advantage of your coach’s advice.

A writer’s coach could come in handy for a lot of reasons. Every writer or client will have different needs, so a good coach must be flexible in order to help as many clients as possible. If you’re having difficulties advancing your writing abilities, you must set goals for yourself; otherwise, you will make little progress. For example, if you find yourself procrastinating or getting very little writing done, then having someone waiting for a copy of your writing project could give you the extra push you need to get some writing done. If the nuts and bolts of English elude you, then your coach will gladly step in to teach you grammar, spelling, and punctuation as well as give assistance with paragraph and sentence structure. And if you’re a more knowledgeable and experienced writer, you know it’s always good to have a fresh pair of eyes to look over your work. The writing coach is there to assist you in meeting your goals as a writer. A writing coach is a worthy investment because improving your writing is something you will always benefit from.

How you work with a writer’s coach will vary depending on your coach, your needs, and what services you agree to. Generally, a coach will work with you one-on-one to achieve your goals through emails and meetings. Along with scheduled conferences, frequent communication with your coach is essential. Sometimes a quick email can solve your writer’s block quicker than waiting for your weekly meeting. During your conferences, most coaches will give you a revised copy of your project and a letter discussing their thoughts in detail.

However, working with a writer’s coach is more complex than a few meetings and revisions. The first challenge you and your coach will face is getting to know each other and establishing your goals. Once your coach understands what you are looking for, he or she can begin to help you with the larger issues. Your time together could last a couple weeks to several months, but, much like visiting a therapist, you can only reap the benefits of your relationship once your goals are established and your coach knows how to work with you. It is a team effort that requires time and determination to be beneficial.

Once you have your goals set, you can start looking for your writing coach. The Internet is your best tool for choosing one. Google is a great place to start; however, there will be so many choices that you will probably be overwhelmed. The best way to narrow the options down is to ask yourself a few questions. How much time, energy, and money are you willing to spend? What are you good at as a writer and what do you need help with? Do you want to meet your coach in person, or are virtual conferences fine? With these questions in mind, you can decide what kind of services you want. After that, shop around for a coach that meets your requirements. At this point, it’s very similar to buying a product. What does the coach say about him or herself? What does the coach specialize in? What’s his or her experience? How do previous clients feel about their experiences? I would recommend deciding on 3 to 5 writing coaches to contact. Once you exchange a few emails, you can come to your final decision.

Alex Thurman, Writer and Editor, Asta Publications

http://www.astapublications.com

Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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