Many readers are also aspiring authors and writers. I hope one day to spend most of my days writing fiction rather than writing blog posts and being a writing coach and editor (even though that is fun, too).
For a long time, I thought my writing was probably good enough to get published without the help of anyone else, but now I am not nearly so naive. I’ve thought a lot about looking for a writing coach to help push me toward the next level of writing skills.
As I was thinking about it, I came up with a list of benefits that any writing coach can provide and help you reach your ultimate writing goals:
Why You Need a Writing Coach
A coach can act like a soft deadline: If you have someone looking over your work, then you are both more motivated to write and more motivated to avoid lazy writing. This is helpful for someone as busy as I am these days.
A writing coach can help you write better: A writing coach is going to see any mistakes in your work and help you take care of them before the publisher sees your work. This is an invaluable resource and could be the difference between a publisher giving you the thumbs up or thumbs down.
A writing coach will know the right people: Right now, I know perhaps two people who are in the publishing industry? A writing coach who has been published in the past can help direct you toward the people who need to see your work. If they are in the same industry/genre as you are, they may even be able to introduce your work to the publisher who published them (if it is good enough).
A coach can be a friend: Most people do not realize what is it like writing a book or trying to get published. It’s difficult and frustrating. Your writing coach will understand where you are coming from and may even be able to offer helpful stress-relieving tips.
Have you ever thought about getting a writing coach? Have you worked with one before? Share your story in the comments!