You know how some people are so motivated to write that they get up at 5:30 in the morning, every morning, to write? Or, despite incredibly busy schedules, they always find some time to write. It seems as if nothing stops them … and not only do they write, but they value this time in their lives as precious. Do you wish that nothing would get between you and your passion to write? Truth is, there are indeed some people who are so dedicated to their writing that nothing stops them from producing, but they are few and far between. And even they are motivated like this some of the time but hardly all the time. The greater truth is that at some point everyone has a problem sitting down and writing—writing is not easy. In fact, it is extremely challenging! But if writing is your passion, then you do need to rise to the challenge. Nothing makes you a better, more fulfilled writer … than writing. That said, you can't force yourself to write. It doesn't work. You end up berating yourself for not writing and then you stop writing altogether. This is a deadly syndrome. Instead … Become a Warrior for Your Writing! First, understand the enemy. This means understanding why it's so hard to sit down and write. Here are a few possibilities: 1. You're undermined by your Inner Critic, the voice inside your head that tells you you're wasting your time, that becoming a successful writer is a pipe dream. You have no talent, you were never any good at grammar and sentence structure in school, no one would want to read anything you write, much less publish it, and ____________ (fill in the blanks!) Inner Critics are usually the most powerful enemies of our writing. 2. You are a pro at putting your own needs last—especially your creative needs. Why? Because writing is, let's be frank, a seemingly selfish endeavor. Actually, this is another low-down, sneaky Inner Critic lie. There is nothing selfish about nurturing your own creativity. We do it for our children, but deny ourselves. Or we spend time and money working out at the gym, playing tennis, and so on, because keeping physically healthy is socially acceptable. But in fact, your creative health is just as important—it keeps your spiritually healthy. 3. You don't truly understand writing technique. Even though you have a book shelf full of How to Write books, you are still confused. 4. You need feedback on your writing from someone whose opinion you value, but can't find anyone with whom to comfortably share your writing. 5. You've had a bad experience with a writing group where you received insensitive criticism that diminished your desire to write. Once you've identified and understood your particular writing enemies, move on. Become a warrior for your writing! I can help you. I have experienced writing, editing, agents, publishers and most aspects of the publishing industry from A-Z. My Experiences … And How They Help Me Help You Second, evade the enemy. Understanding technique is a pivotal tactic! can teach you all the technique you'll ever need to write a story, a novel or a memoir. But more importantly, I know how to unleash your creative passion, and support you and inspire you when you falter. I believe this is my most important gift as a teacher and the one that has led some writers to work with me consistently for up to twenty-five years. Others have been in my weekly workshops for eighteen years, fifteen years and ten years; and I have students who have been working with me privately ten years. This has been such a gratifying journey for me, and I am deeply honored to have been invited into so many of my students' lives in this profound way.
The Five Major Benefits of Working with Me: 1. You'll find the writing process is soon demystified.
2. You'll have someone in your life who is objective about your creativity and writing, and who gets fulfillment from your success!
3. You'll have someone with whom you can share your writing from day to day, month to month, year to year, as long as you wish.
4. You'll take chances with your writing that you wouldn't take otherwise. (Risk-taking is a major ingredient in creative success.)
5. You'll write. This is, without a doubt, the best benefit. What Makes Me Different from Other Coaches? 1. I have writing expertise in the short story, the novel and the memoir. I have written successfully for adults, young adults and children.
2. I have intuitive understanding of both writing and the writer's relationship to his or her writing. I have written numerous articles and a book about writing and the creative process.
3. I do not have a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Writing is an aspect of your creativity and your relationship to your self, and I take all of this into account in working with you. I know how to stand strong against the Inner Critic.
4. I know how to turn you into a warrior for your creativity writing! This is my passion. As we work together and I get to know you, I'll expand and deepen the writing program that I develop especially for you.