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Feb082013

What You Should Expect from a Writing Coach


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Coaching has become one of the most popular services offered by WordCraft consultants since we launched last July. Yet we’re frequently asked what a writing coach actually does. This post will cover a few things you can expect from a WordCraft coach—or that you should expect from any writing coach.

The coach will set up a schedule that works for you. 
 

Some writers pursue their craft full-time, so a weekly meeting can be most productive for them. Other writers are balancing the demands of work and family and their desire to write. These writers may want a biweekly or even a monthly meeting to stay in touch with their craft but also have time for other obligations. Coaches will also take financial considerations into account when deciding how often the meetings will occur. Because our clients are located in different regions across the country, most of our coaching sessions take place over the phone. Each session lasts for an hour. We will determine a regular time that works for you. Some clients prefer evenings or weekends; a few of our clients use their lunch hour. Most of our consultants are available during mornings and afternoons as well.

The coach will help you set goals to stay on track.
 

Our clients pursue a number of different genres — fiction, nonfiction, business writing, screenplays, and more — so each type of project produces its own set of tasks. Whichever genre you are pursuing, we will help you determine your objective and set reasonable, measured targets. We suggest activities that bring you closer to completing tasks that move you toward your goals. Calendars will be consulted.

The coach will make your phone session as productive as possible.
 

Most of our hour-long meetings include discussion of craft readings, brief writing exercises, review of work that has been written since the last session, and goal setting. Each meeting will be customized based on the goals that you have set. For example, a client who wanted to publish an essay may have a session that looks like this:

12:00–12:10 — Discuss two essays read before meeting as publication models
12:10–12:30 — Discuss draft of essay that client submitted before meeting
12:30–12:40 — Plan revision strategies to complete before next meeting
12:40­–12:50 — Complete exercise in real time that strengthens a skill 
12:50–12:55 — Set tasks and goals to be completed for next meeting

Working with the coach, the client will determine the activities for each session based on the progress made or desired.

The coach will adjust your training regimen depending on the next opponent, like Burgess Meredith does for Rocky.

Our coaches have worked with all levels of writers — from elementary school students to published authors — so we have reasonable expectations for each client, but we also know how to push you toward your objective in a way that feels challenging yet achievable. For some bouts, your regular writing schedule will be perfectly fine; for others, you’ll need to train a bit more rigorously. We’ll help you figure out when to up your game.

If you’d like more information, contact us at wordcraft@wordcraftla.com and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Also, through February 12, we are offering 15% off all author services, including coaching.


Posted by Chris Daley

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