You probably know one-way streets. And dead ends too. But what happens when you combine the two? How does it feel to drive on a one-way street that is also a dead end? Does that sound absurd?
It is too.
And yet it is exactly the same for us when we write: It doesn’t go any further. And it doesn’t go back either. We got caught up in writing difficulties, self-doubt and writer’s block.
So it makes sense to ask a writing coach for help. But does that even bring anything? What exactly should you imagine under writing coaching? And is it for you or not?
This article will give you the answers.
Writing coaching – attempting a definition
There are so many coaches out there. Lately one has got the impression that pretty much any service could be described as coaching. Hasn’t the term become totally arbitrary?
Coaching is about activating the coachee’s own powers (the one who is being coached). He receives impulses that open up new perspectives for him. So he is able to overcome his blockages and go his own way.
With this approach, coaching can be distinguished from other forms of support such as therapy or counseling. At the same time, a strict separation does not always make sense, as there are often helpful mixed forms.
Writing coach or writing coach
In my work with (future) authors, I refer to myself as a writing coach. The term writing coaching is much more common for offers like mine. Then why don’t I call myself a writing coach?
In my work, it is particularly important to me to accompany people holistically on their way. The goal is to develop as an author, not just a successful text.
So that your own writing develops in the long term, the whole personality should be included.
The goals and ambitions, the life stories and heart issues, the very individual creativity and expression of the author are at the center of the work. All of this is of course manifested in the concrete text. But this is just one aspect of a much more comprehensive development of your own writing.
Coaching and training
In coaching, the coach does not tell the coachee what to do and what not to do. He doesn’t teach him how to do something “right”. A coaching process goes far beyond the teaching of techniques and methods.
The goal of coaching is that the coachee himself is able to better understand his situation and make the necessary decisions. Writing coaching is no different than other forms of coaching.
However, in coaching it is important to speak plain text. Often the authors want very specific tips and feedback for their texts in the writing coaching.
In practice, components of classic training can be easily integrated into coaching processes. It is important that the development of the author’s authentic typist is always the focus. It’s not about adopting techniques or certain views that don’t suit you at all.
Coaching and advice
In contrast to coaching, advice is often geared towards more specific problems and questions. When writing, for example, the following concerns would be suitable for advice:
- I’ve finished writing my book and now I don’t even know which publisher to offer it.
- I’m not sure whether self-publishing or looking for a publisher is the right way for me.
- What exactly does it mean to write a novel, what does it entail?
Writing coach or ghostwriter
Cooperation in writing coaching is often particularly intensive, as the coach and coachee work together on specific texts. The work of a writing coach should not be confused with the work of a ghostwriter.
The goal of writing coaching should always be to advance yourself as a professional romance ghostwriter and to enable you to write better and happier yourself. With ghostwriting, on the other hand, someone else writes for you.
A writing coach can help you with this
Writing coaching advances your writing in multiple ways and on different levels. What you are about depends on your very personal construction sites. However, the following topics and contents of the writing coaching are not to be seen strictly separately from each other. Often they merge or can be combined with one another.
Help with inspiration and finding topics
Many amateur authors feel a vague desire to get more out of their writing. Perhaps you have been writing diaries or letters or running your own blog for years. They want to write a longer text – but that just won’t work. Perhaps they even dream of putting their own life story on paper. Or to write a novel about it.
But when you start, you quickly reach your limits. Then they no longer know what they actually want to write about.
In such a situation, writing coaching helps to find a topic. You find out what it’s all about. With methods of creative writing you create a good basis for implementing longer projects.
Promotion of the very personal spelling
If you take all the writing guides together, you can fill many shelves with them. Often a certain way of writing is taught and writing rules are established. You often read:
- Show, don’t tell!
- Use few adjectives!
- Write short sentences!
The problem with these writing tips is: With the right justification and seen in context, they make perfect sense. Most of the time, however, you only remember one simple piece of advice. If you try to apply it to your writing, it often feels wrong and cramped. Soon you will lose the joy of it.
Writing coaching should always aim to support your own personal writing style. General writing tips are of little use here.
There are great novels in which nothing is shown at all, only narrated.
There is nothing fundamentally wrong with adjectives.
And long sentences can be magical at times.
Do not try to follow any advice. Rather, let them flow into your own style without letting them divert you from your path. A writing coach will support you in this not always easy endeavor.
Critical feedback from the writing coach
Many authors are unsure of how good or bad their texts are. In one day they find each other really great. The next thing they feel like writing terribly bad.
Critical feedback on your own texts also has its place in writing or author coaching. However, it is important that it is only one component in the coaching process and should be framed by other components.
A positive remark makes you happy.
A negative remark pulls you down.
However, feedback alone does not lead to better writing. Rather, you have to understand what exactly is successful or what needs improvement.
The feedback from the writing coach should always be appreciative. At least as important as knowing your own weaknesses is to be aware of your strengths.
Mediation of writing trade
Furthermore, the writing coach should always discuss alternatives to the weaknesses of the text. Here, too, the aim should be to initiate a development. As an author, you will get better and better at recognizing your own construction sites and working on them.
In contrast to the training of certain writing techniques, writing coaching is always based on the individual challenges of the author. There are methods and techniques of writing for all areas – from literary writing to writing advertising copy. In writing coaching, the teaching of writing skills is always controlled by the situation and the issue.
Here are two examples:
- Are you writing a crime thriller, but the tension curve doesn’t convince you? Here it is a good idea to look at suitable plot structures together and learn how to use them.
- You run a blog, but even though you write a lot of articles, you have very few readers? Good headline techniques and good introductions might solve the problem.
Accompaniment of a book project
As an authoring coach, I usually accompany future authors from the first idea to the finished manuscript. That always also means walking a path with ups, downs and so many imponderables together.
The author usually only encounters his greatest hurdles during this process. Together we can use the right impulses to turn it into growth opportunities. Working on a specific book is always a milestone in your own development.
Integration of writing and life
Writing coaching does not only include the necessary tools. In order to advance your writing, one thing is far more important than techniques and methods: writing.
Most have other jobs when they start creative writing and maybe have families to look after. There is simply not much time left. If the hoped-for successes do not occur in the shortest possible time while writing, many lose faith in themselves and their own abilities.
Holistic writing coaching also focuses on these two areas: time management and the attitude to writing. Both together form the basis for developing writing routines and leading you to writing success – despite your job and everyday stress.