What I Love About Book Coaching

I’ve been coaching a few months and I have to tell you, I LOVE it! Watching a writer see their own work in a new way is such an amazing honor. Seeing the light of a new idea in their eyes is invigorating. Hearing the “AHA!” the moment a concept they’ve been struggling with suddenly makes sense in their own writing fills me with joy.

I have been a stuck writer. I have been mired down in my own revisions knowing in my heart that the book isn’t working but having no idea what to do to make it better. There comes a point where, as writers, we’ve exhausted our own resources or we lose sight of the story we set out to write. Either way, we need help.

I have recently been working with a coach myself on my revision. It has been a wonderful process. Her feedback, and sometimes pushback, has helped me to clarify my thoughts on what I want this book to be. I had the same AHA moment I see in the writers I coach. And it’s an amazing feeling; both empowering and invigorating. This is our last scheduled week before I take the planning we have done and execute all that juicy feedback and brainstorming into another rewrite. I’m still afraid I won’t be able to meet the moment (that fear never quite leaves me, personally), but I am also confident that I am well prepared and have created a solid foundation on which to set this next round of edits. A new feeling for me as I set off into revisions.

And that feeling is what I love most about coaching: seeing writers who come to me feeling stuck but leave feeling empowered. Empowered to keep going. Empowered to try something new. Empowered to learn a new side of this craft. Empowered to finish these stories of their hearts with renewed confidence and a few new skills.

Do you:

  • Know something isn’t working in your manuscript but you aren’t sure what?
  • Ever feel like a failure because you can’t fix it?
  • Avoiding your manuscript?
  • Compare yourself to writing peers who are faster/agented already/published and figure they must have some “secret sauce” you don’t?
  • Feel overwhelmed trying to implement every craft book and workshop suggestion you’ve ever encountered into your writing?
  • Not know where to start or where to go next with your manuscript?
  • Procrastiplan: get mired down in research or planning without actually writing?
  • Think that talent means you should just *know* how to do this writing thing already?
  • Ever hear the words, “I can’t,” “If only I had a week in a cabin in the woods, then I could finish…,” “If only someone would tell me what to fix,” or “Maybe I’m just not good enough” in your head?
  • Think you have “writer’s block”?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you, my dear writer, might be stuck.

The thing is, every writer gets stuck. That doesn’t mean you don’t have talent, are a failure, or will never succeed. The writer who can string together a beautiful description may not be able to properly structure a novel and the writer who can tell a tension-filled story might not be able to show emotional layers in their protagonist. We all have varying levels of skill. That’s why writing is a craft. There are rules and techniques and genre requirements. There are skills that come naturally and those that you hone after years of practice and even some that you will have to squeeze from a stone every single time you sit down to the page. But that means you can learn and improve and grow in your writing with the right kind of guidance.

Book coaching may help empower your writing. A coach can offer you:

  • Insight about what you are doing right in your writing and how to replicate it to other aspects of your tool box
  • Compassionate feedback
  • Accountability
  • Actionable next steps
  • Resources and exercises to help you expand your craft
  • Brainstorming help
  • Occasional hand holding and a pep talk

The other thing I love about coaching is all these beautiful stories you all are writing. Publishing is hard, but writing is beautiful. You all are out there doing beautiful work. So if you need a pep talk today, here it is: keep going! Keep looking for what shines a light on your writing. Keep seeking your AHA moments.

And whatever you do, keep writing!

If you think you might benefit from a little support, I invite you to sign up for a free discovery call where we can talk about your story and your specific challenges. I keep some spots open each week for these no-pressure calls and would be happy to chat!

And join the community! Sign up for my monthly newsletter (Bonus: New sign-ups receive a free guide on how to jump start your writing routine!)

Featured photo by Diz Play on Unsplash

Published by Monica Cox

Monica is a writer and book coach who helps writers get unstuck so they can reach their writing goals.

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