Coaching for Writers

You want to write.

Is it the book of poetry that’s been burning in your soul for years? Short stories you want to have published? Or the desire to hold your first novel in your hands? Whatever writing dream you have is alive, begging you to sit down and put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and give it life.

And you can’t ignore it anymore.

This was me 13 years ago after many failed book attempts. I was great at starting novels. I had about a zillion sitting on my computer. I just couldn’t finish one. Not a single one. And I berated myself because of it.

If you’re like me, this is some of what might be going through your head on a regular basis:

  • “You’re not a writer if you don’t write.”
  • “You call that writing? Your dog could do better…and he doesn’t even have thumbs!”
  • “You’ll never finish this manuscript. Just like you never finished the last six.”
  • “Why bother trying NanoWriMo again? You’ll just fail like all the other times.”
  • “You just don’t have it in you to be a writer/author/poet.”

Sound familiar?

It wasn’t until the pain of not finishing my novel became greater than my fear of finishing it (because fear masquerades itself as many other excuses like, “I don’t have enough time,” or “It will be too expensive to self-publish,” or “I just can’t figure out the ending”) that I finally completed that first novel.

Since then, I’ve written 10 books and have more in progress. Is it magic? Do I feel super confident with every release? Nope. In fact, the opposite is true. Publication day always leaves me feeling a little queasy and like I might hyperventilate.

But not publishing my books? Keeping my stories hidden away inside because I’m afraid others might not like them or think they’re stupid or judge me?

That’s even scarier.

If you feel the same and need a little guidance, want to ask questions of someone who has spent time “in the trenches”, or simply want to have another writer keep you accountable for the writing goals you set, then coaching might be for you.

What you’ll get:

  • Greater joy and less stress in your writing life
  • More satisfaction as you change old mindsets about writing and learn a new way of creating (hint: it starts with gentleness and tiny, easy-to-do steps)
  • Streamline, recreate, or delete processes and procedures that are holding you back from the writing you want to do
  • Creative plans for simple growth and manageable goals to propel your writing forward

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and years spent as a case manager, I’ve honed my counseling and coaching skills. And as an INFJ, it’s always been second nature for me to help others to see the answers that lie inside through gentle but honest excavation. Together, we’ll set up simple plans and processes so that you will finally reach your writing goals–whatever they are.

Schedule one session or a fifty–it’s completely up to you. Some people find the answers they need in a single coaching call. Others enjoy ongoing meetings for more complicated issues, for accountability, and for consistent motivation.

“I have listened to too many writing books and sites and how to outline and plotter vs. pantsing and write x number words a day and paying for marketing and ads…How do I get back to how I loved writing as a kid?”

Kayla J., author and Coaching client

Who Will Benefit?

  • Beginner and intermediate writers: tired of starting, and failing, to finish stories, poems, or other written works and get them out into the world; unable to finish larger, more involved projects like books
  • Published Authors: feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or burned out in their writing practice
  • Highly Sensitive Person (HSP): overwhelmed by their day-to-day professional life with no “juice” left to write; feel stalled in their creative life

J.P. is an amazing teacher and writer….thank you for all the advice you gave.”

Writing client

How It Works

I work with clients one-on-one by phone. An introductory phone call (15 minutes) is free of charge and required to be sure we’re a good fit. Vidoe calls are available if you live outside the U.S., and our time zones allow us to work together.

Pricing

Coaching rates are $75/hour. Payment is made online via Square or PayPal at the time of booking. (Note: Both Square and PayPal allow for credit card payments, no account required.)

Questions? Or Are You Ready To Get Started?

Feel free to contact me with any questions. Ready to book your complimentary session now? Click the button below. I look forward to meeting you.