By Rachelle Indra
Most people think that in order to be a successful writer, you need sit at your desk day in and day out, shunning your friends and family, only listening to the inspiration of your muse until the product is done, perfect and ready for acclaim.
Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works, especially not in the beginning. Truth is, no one gets anywhere alone, despite the fantasies Hollywood sells us.
We all need a little help.
I remember when I got my first writing coach, and everyone in my writing group looked at me like I had just admitted I got a therapist for my writing.
What was wrong with me that I thought I needed help? I was a writer, wasn’t I? Wasn’t it cheating to get help?
Once my book was completed and ready for editing before they had even figured out their first fight scene, they started asking for my coach’s number.
You need a writing coach for many reasons, the most important being that it teaches you time management. This is the number one problem writers run into when first starting out, and the biggest reason most people never get past the first page of a project.
Consulting with an expert will keep you on task and on schedule. There’s less wiggle room to play on the internet when someone is waiting for work from you.
No matter how good Channing Tatum looks in his latest headshots.
(Spoiler alert: good.)
Another reason to consult a writing coach is to get rid of your bad habits.
We all have them. My problem, for instance, is that I don’t tend to use enough conjunctions, which can make my writing a bit stilted and unnatural. Most people get stuck in the weeds using “just” and “really” too often.
Some people explain too much … or in my case not enough.
A good writing coach will catch these things for you and help you to break those habits.
But the greatest thing my writing coach did for me was help shape where my career was going.
She sat me down and really helped me look past the first book I was working on, and start thinking about my career as a whole. What was my brand? Did I have an author platform? What was the next thing I was working on?
There are lots of writing coaches out there. You just need to find the right one for you and your career. You can often find them through local writing meetups or at your local library, or just by asking other writing friends.
However, if you want to skip the hassle, you just come straight to us. We’ll get you where you need to go. Go ahead and check out the Coaching page, and see what you think.
If you’re still not sure, we offer a free 15-minute call to find out if we’re a good fit.
But don’t wait, because your writing deserves better, and so do you.
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