Would a Writing Coach Help?

Bev Walton-Porter publishes The Scribe and Quill. You can find more about Bev, her writing and her writing coach services on her site. I’ve known Bev over 10 years and have admired herself and her accomplishments that long too.

Thanks, Laura, for having me as a guest on your blog to talk about writing coaches and why a writing coach can be beneficial to your readers. Although I’ve only addressed a handful of questions here, readers may e-mail me at scribequill@gmail.com for additional information.

Q: What is the benefit of hiring a writing coach?

A: There are many benefits. First, a writing coach can help you stay focused and on point with your current project or goal. Next, a writing coach can help you over those rough spots when you’re stuck in a rut or aren’t sure which avenue to take next. In addition, a writing coach is someone who encourages and supports your efforts, yet offers concrete suggestions to assist you in reaching the next level on your creative journey. My coaching philosophy offers a balance of creativity and productivity that is adjusted to meet each client’s specific needs.

Q: How do you choose a good writing coach?

A:  I think it’s important to know something about your potential writing coach, such as what experience they have in the writing/publishing community. Also, while it’s nice to work with a professional who has years of experience under his/her belt, I think it’s also important to work with someone who matches your personality and who shares the same vision for your progress and success that you do. You may choose a writing coach who has over a decade or two of experience in the writing/publishing community, but if he/she doesn’t sync with who you are and what you hope to accomplish, then I believe you’re missing an important part of the equation.

Q: How do you find a writing coach?

A: There are two important parts to this equation. The first part of the equation is locating a writing coach. The second part of the equation is finding a writing coach that best fits your personal style.

You can ask friends/colleagues for referrals, you can approach a professional and ask if they’ll mentor you (for an agreed-upon fee, of course) or you can research writing coaches online.

Once you locate a potential writing coach whom you think might fit your needs, you should consult them and see if they fit your style on both a personal and a professional level. One writing coach does not fit all, shall we say.

Q: How did you become a writing coach?

A: Moving into the role of writing coach was a natural progression for me since I’d been teaching online writing courses since 1997. I was already working with writers one-on-one to help them brainstorm ideas, develop their work and polish completed projects, so it was a short jump to adding “writing coach” to the services I offer.

Again, thanks for having me as your guest, Laura. It’s been a pleasure!

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Bev offers one-on-one coaching services through e-mail, instant message and telephone starting at $15 for 30 minutes and $25 for 60 minutes. E-mail scribequill@gmail.com for more info.

To view Bev’s publishing-related resume, visit the link below:

http://www.scribequill.net/BevWaltonPorterCV.pdf

BIO:

Bev Walton-Porter has been a professional writer, editor and instructor for 12 years.  She is the author of Sun Signs for Writers (Writer’s Digest Books), Mending Fences (Whiskey Creek Press), and Hidden Fire (Whiskey Creek Press). She is also a co-author of The Complete Writer: A Guide to Tapping Your Full Potential.  Bev is the Director of Education for Author School. She is a client of the Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency in New York City.

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