Using a Writing Coach
Is a writing coach in your freelance future?
I've been coaching freelance formally and informally for several years. Writers come to me for a variety of reasons, including:
It seems that my job as a writing coach breaks into three general categories; I provide,
Coaching Providing Information for Writers
Providing information in a coaching context is fairly
If a writer wants to know how to market a book, an article, or themselves, I again tell them what I know and give them directions to find specific and general information that will help them make solid decisions.
Creating Accountability for Writers
Freelance writers often feel they are working in a vacuum. The work is self-generated and self-paced. It can, particularly in the beginning, be terribly difficult to stay focused. A writing coach can really help in this area by providing someone to report to.
It usually works like this:
My client will say I want to complete my article on xxx by the end of the week. I'll ask some questions about the realistic possibilities of getting that done - things like schedules, research, etc. We'll determine a definition for "complete;" manuscript done, manuscript sent, etc. Together we will determine an actual date the article is to be complete.
If, when the client calls for the next appointment, the task is complete, I help them acknowledge themselves for a job well done and we move on to the next.
If, however, the task isn't complete, we discuss why. The goal is always to make it possible for the writer to work effectively. It's amazing how often we uncover some resistance and can break it loose so the writer can get on with writing.
Editing and Coaching
In my practice, coaching is different than editing. While I provide both, in a coaching context I only provide direction and suggestions so the client can do the necessary editing.
If the client wants line editing or the work needs substantial rewriting or refocusing, and wants me to do it, that's a different service and gets charged differently. It's up to me to help the client understand the distinction.
What the Writer/Client Brings
If you're considering some writing coaching you need to bring:
Coaching is a partnership that can be fun, enlightening and worthwhile.
Write well and often.