You don't have to figure it all out on your own. You have a partner in this endeavor, someone who has been down this road before, who knows how to avoid the hidden pitfalls and rabbit holes.
Together you start by taking an honest assessment of where you're at with your project. You make a concrete, realistic plan for how to finish your draft and with that timeline in hand you move forward with confidence.
You have a sounding board to bounce ideas off of and a partner to call you back if you veer off track.
You make steady progress, sending pages to your coach for feedback along the way.
It doesn't happen overnight, but slowly, word by word, chapter by chapter, you complete a draft that you're proud of, one that you're ready to put out into the world.
YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR NOVEL!
THE TASK YOU'RE FACING
The path ahead is difficult to navigate because the truth is, there is no one way to write a novel. You can read all the books, and listen to all the podcasts, but for every piece of advice you glean you will have to determine if it's right for your project and your style as a writer.
Then you'll have to actually implement what you learn, squeezing your writing time into the cracks of your life and hoping that, when you do find time to write, you don't get thwarted by writer's block.
Finally, when it's all done, you'll need to get some distance and perspective on your work so you can see it clearly and know how to edit it effectively.
MY COACHING PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU IF:
You've started a novel and stalled out for some reason. Maybe you can't seem to find time to write. Or maybe you find time to write, but when you sit at your desk no words come.
You're committed to doing the work to finish your manuscript, including setting aside regular time to write (it's okay if this doesn't seem possible right now, you just need to be willing).
You're willing to come to the work with an open mind and welcome honest (gentle) feedback even if it's difficult to hear.
THIS COACHING PACKAGE IS NOT FOR YOU IF:
You're doing just fine, have no questions or concerns, and are feeling pretty good about the work you're producing. Check out my Manuscript Review packages here.
You're looking for a finish-your-novel-in-thirty-days style "program." Art takes time.
You're looking for someone to write your novel for you.
You're writing short stories, essays, a memoir, other non-fiction, or really anything that isn't a novel.
Absolutely. And might I add, you are a very thoughtful friend/partner/lover. I'm happy to work with you to deliver a special welcome email at a certain day and time so you can surprise them with your wonderful gift. Contact me so we can figure out the details.
Before we commit to working together we will meet via Zoom and talk about where you're at with your project. Trust your gut. If it doesn't feel like a good fit, say so. You won't get an aggressive sales pitch from me. I only want to work with writers I jive with.
Yes. My mission as a writing coach is to help writers shorten the time between now and their finished novel. It will be work, but if you're willing to put in the effort I can guide you and help you finish your manuscript in way less time than if you go it alone.