Coaching

Get the feedback and support you need to grow as a writer and finish your book.

Coaching

You've probably heard it before: Writing is a solitary business.

Writers who want to create excellent work – not just once, but again and again – must seek beyond that solitude. Your own creativity and commitment can take you far, but what happens when you hit an obstacle? Who will tell you which parts of your story are working and which aren't? How do you find a way forward?  

This is where a writing coach can be helpful.

As your coach, I can help you find your way out of the problems in your manuscript or your writing life. That bit – your way – is important. This is your story. This is your writing practice. Together, we will work on finding solutions that are true to your authorship.

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"To make something well is to give yourself to it, to seek wholeness, to follow spirit. To learn to make something well can take your whole life. It's worth it." – Ursula K. Le Guin from Steering the Craft

Working with you, I can help you:

  • Turn your idea into a draft.
  • Get through the revision process.
  • Finish your book, novella, or stories.
  • Beat procrastination and writer's block to establish a regular, productive writing practice.

My focus is on the creation of fiction – helping you improve your craft or strengthen your manuscript until it's ready for you to self-publish or submit to journals, agents, or editors.

Please also take a look at my writing courses, which, for many, can be a good place to start. If you're looking for a personalized approach, however, please keep reading and then contact me. I would love to hear from you about your writing.

Personalized coaching for your fiction

One-to-one coaching gives you with the feedback, experienced advice, and accountability you need to advance your writing toward publication-level quality.

A personalized plan may include:

  • Guidance on planning or revising a book. 
  • Feedback on your story plan and sections of your manuscript. 
  • Craft techniques, from character creation to scene structure.
  • Coaching on building an effective writing practice. 
  • Regular accountability check-ins to ensure you make progress.
Contact me about coaching

Let's talk

Email me about your goals, where you are in the writing process, and when you can meet. The first consultation – entirely free and with no commitment to continue – is an opportunity for us to connect before agreeing on next steps.  

Frequently asked questions about coaching

Do you work with writers who write in any genre? 

Yes, most. I've written in multiple genres and read widely. So please bring your story, whether it is literary fiction, horror, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, mystery, historical drama, or some other genre.

There may be certain specialized subgenres – like Fantasy RPGLit – that I'm not qualified to coach you on; we'll discuss whether I'm a good fit for you in our first consultation.

This is important: I won't work with authors who write fiction glorifying violence or promoting racism, sexism, xenophobia, or other forms of prejudice.

Will your read my manuscript and provide edits? 

As part of our process together, I will read at least parts of your draft. If you are looking for an editor without the coaching part, I'm happy to discuss how I can provide high-level feedback on your finished manuscript. 

I don't provide copyediting or proofreading. 

Will you coach me to query agents/editors or self-publish and market my own books?

My focus is on helping you write the best book you can and establish a healthy, sustainable writing practice. 

My work usually ends when you are confident your story is ready to be shared with the wider world – via traditional publishing or self-publishing. 

I don't know what to write. Can you help? 

Absolutely. You don't need to have a draft novel or even an idea for us to work together. I can help you establish a regular writing practice and unearth stories that you would like to tell – whether that's in novel, novella, short story, or in some other format.

I doubt my writing matters. Why should I write my story? 

Your story is unique. Only you can tell it, and until you put it into words, it cannot live for others to enjoy – even love. Telling your story is an act of joy or wonder or vindication for yourself. Imagine if you can spread that feeling to others.