What’s the Problem with Writing Coaching?

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Sometimes a writer can benefit from hiring a writing coach. There’s no shortage of writing coaches — take your pick. A coach can help you become unstuck and move you and your writing forward. A coach can help you see the ‘big picture’ when it comes to your writing career. Maybe it’s time for you to begin writing in a new genre or find a new literary agent. Whatever you need help with, a writing coach can be of great support. What’s the problem with this? A writer buys results not coaching. Hire a writing coach that gets results.

You, the writer, hires a writing coach because you want something to change in your career. Perhaps you want to break into screenwriting or become a #1 fiction writer. Maybe you want to have a more prosperous freelance writing business. A writing coach can help you set and accomplish goals. Sometimes a writing coach will assign homework. It’s up to you, the client, to complete it. However, a writing coach should do more than give you assignments to complete. They should provide you with processes and systems to move you forward. If you follow a coach’s guidance, you’ll see results. If you don’t, you could stay stuck for a long time.

The key is to selecting the right writing coach is to ask the following questions:

1. How many years have you been a writer’s coach?

2. Are you a current or former writer?

3. Why did you become a writing coach?

4. Where can I read testimonials?

5. What has been the most challenging aspect of being a writer’s coach?

6. Who is/was your favorite client?

7. Who is/was your least favorite client?

8. What benefits will I receive from writing coaching?

9. How much is your fee?

10. What is your coaching style?

11. What makes you a good teacher?

The only way you’ll know if writing coaching is right for you is to hire a writer’s coach. Most coaches provide a 30-45 complimentary coaching session. They want to make sure the client is right for as well. There’s no use wasting time if either one of you isn’t a match. Coaching can be done via email, face-to-face, or SKYPE. Select the method that is best for you. Keep an open mind when you hire a writer’s coach, especially if you fear change. Remember what FDR said, “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”


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