Imagine that you’ve hit a road block in your current writing project. You’ve asked your friends for input, and while their support and ideas are helpful, none of it solves your problem. This isn’t something an editor can help you with, either–it runs deeper than grammar or plot timeline. What you need is a writing coach.
One of my favorite things about my job is coaching writers. Working with writers one-on-one and in small groups to address specific questions, concerns, and challenges is not only fun but rewarding.
// What is a writing coach?
Think of a writing coach like a sports coach. They’re on your side, guiding you through new processes and techniques, teaching you new skills, and providing support as you conquer the game.
Only instead of a sport, that coach is helping you with your writing.
A writing coach can help you with a variety of things including, but not limited to:
- Short- and long-term planning for your specific goals
- Productivity and time management systems
- Maximizing your strengths and addressing your weaknesses
- Accountability on projects and deadlines
- Guidance through the publishing process
- Social media strategies
- Author branding and development
- Honest feedback
// Should you hire a writing coach?
Do you struggle with writer’s block? Do you want (or need) guidance for your writing life and career? Do you want feedback on your draft(s)? Do you need help navigating the complex publishing process? Are you seeking help with branding and marketing?
If you answered yes to any of the above, a writing coach might be the perfect solution for you.
// How long should you work with a coach?
This depends on what your goals are.
For example, if you want monthly feedback and guidance for your novel, you may want to work with your coach over several months or even a year. Likewise, if you would like guidance and assistance developing your author brand, you may only need to work with your coach for a few weeks.
Whatever your goals, you should ultimately feel confident to head out on your own after working with your coach.
// How much does it cost to work with a writing coach?
Like most services, this varies by the coach’s experience and the amount of support you’re looking for.
Short-term work on a branding project will probably cost less than a long-term package involving multiple weekly phone calls and feedback.
Remember, a writing coach is an investment in your writing career. Shop around for coaches who feel like a good fit and whose prices fit your budget.
Additionally, if you have a small budget, don’t worry! Some coaches offer group coaching. While you share the time with other writers, the cost is more budget-friendly, and you can make friends with other writers in the process.
// Working with me
If you’re interested in working with me as your writing coach, schedule your FREE consultation today via Calendly.