More About Coaching

The Writing Coach can help you:

  • Learn techniques to free your voice and break through paralyzing writer’s block.
  • Make peace with the inner enemies that make you criticize your writing before it’s appropriate.
  • Develop a discipline and process that fits your schedule and learning style.
  • Increase and hone your writing and editing skills, from creating clear organizational structures to crafting fluent sentences to fixing errors in grammar and syntax.
  • Experience tapping into your own storehouse of riches–a lifetime of accumulated knowledge and experiences that you can build on.

Even after years as an educator, I’m still amazed and angry at how many people leave school feeling that they can’t write, that you have to be talented to write, that good grammar equals good writing. For the most part, school teaches writing in a fairly rigid way, geared toward people who have one particular learning style. Writer’s block is a fairly common result.

What’s your learning style?
If you’re an auditory rather than a visual learner, working with a coach can help break through many of the barriers developed through years of feeling intimidated about writing. My husband, for example, is an auditory learner. He prefers to listen to tapes rather than read books, and thinks best when he can hash out ideas and debate with other people. I, on the other hand, am a visual/linguistic learner. I need workbooks to go along with the tapes and remember ideas much more easily when I can see them in print. I’m always jotting down notes to myself and feel lost without them. It’s not surprising that I did really well in school (except for math!) since it’s usually geared to my learning style.

Other people express themselves best through their bodies or through making something with their hands–dancers, artists, mechanics for example–and find sitting down to write painfully tedious. One of my clients told me a story about her narrow escape from failing a college English class. She was simply too busy painting to sit down and compose organized essays on topics she wasn’t interested in. She developed severe writer’s block and for years carried around the idea that she couldn’t write.

Developing a process
Writing is inescapable. It’s fundamental to our roles as students, businesspeople, friends, and family members. And school is just the beginning. Think emails, resumes, proposals, pitches, brochures, ads, letters–the demand to express ourselves in writing is daunting!

The good news is that writing is a skill you can learn–you don’t have to be naturally talented to do it. As a writing coach my goal is to help you develop a process of writing that you feel comfortable with and that works for you. Depending on your needs and what project you’re working on, we’ll start by determining what kinds of support you need to succeed.

Take a risk today! Don’t let old assumptions and fears silence what you have to offer. Let’s talk about how you can become the writer you always wanted to be. Contact The Writing Coach today for a complimentary consultation.

writing coach; writer’s block; resumes; cover letters; public speaking; job interviews
Located in Woodbury, CT; New York, NY