Friday, Nov 26, 2010

Do You Need a Writing Coach?

Writers who are looking for help with their novel or short story often ask me what a Writing Coach can do for them.  You may be wondering the same thing. 

Perhaps you’re stuck at a certain point in your novel and can’t seem to get unstuck. Perhaps you’re trying to balance your writing with the rest of your life. Perhaps you’re having trouble making time to write. Whatever the case may be, you want to know if a Writing Coach will help.

As a long-time Writing Coach myself, I’ve found that hiring a Writing Coach can make all the difference in the world between starting your novel and finishing it, between being defeated by discouragement and overcoming all obstacles, between remaining unpublished and getting published.

I believe that every Coach should have a Coach. 🙂 Over my writing career, I’ve had five Writing Coaches.  Each one has contributed in a major way to my success as a writer.  Here are the chief benefits I have found from hiring a Writing Coach:

  • A Writing Coach will help you see where the problem areas are in your writing.
  • A Writing Coach will show you ways to handle those problem areas.
  • A Writing Coach will offer you fresh perspectives on your story.
  • A Writing Coach will encourage you when the going gets rough.
  • A Writing Coach will hold you accountable to your writing goals.

As the new year approaches, consider hiring a Writing Coach.  But make sure that the Writing Coach you hire not only has been trained in Writing but that she also has been trained in Coaching.  Just as not everyone can write, not everyone can coach. 

Coaching requires the knowledge of specific principles, called proficiencies, and of the methods of applying them in coaching the client.  An unqualified Coach can do more harm than good, so be careful whom you choose to coach you. Make sure the Coach you hire is certified. 

If you are interested in learning more about coaching, please email me at

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2 thoughts on “Do You Need a Writing Coach?

    • Not a dumb question at all, Susan. 🙂 In my opinion there is no such thing. 🙂

      Actually, yours is a great question. A writing coach will help you primarily with the psychological/emotional aspects of writing. She will help you set reasonable writing and writing-related goals, and she will hold you accountable to those goals. If you so desire, however, she will help you with specific aspects of writing your manuscript. She can help you with editing, with structuring your novel or your non-fiction book, with submission and marketing. In short, a writing coach can help you with not only the nitty-gritty of writing (as an editor does), but she can also help you with all the psychological and emotional aspects of writing. I hope this helps. 🙂

      December 2, 2010 at 9:24 PM