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5 ways a writing COACH can help you

One of my favourite memories is when I was at sixth-form college and my English teacher sent off a piece of my work to the famous broadcaster and journalist Sir Trevor McDonald. I only found out about it later when, incredibly, Trevor McDonald had written a letter back telling me I had a wonderful writing career ahead of me. While it was most likely his personal assistant who had sent the letter, it was a defining moment for me Having been lucky enough to have many supportive influences in my life when it came to my writing career, I’ve learnt first-hand that having a writing coach can be instrumental in the success of writing a book. With that in mind, here are five more ways a writing coach can help.

1. A Writing Coach Can Hold You Accountable

There’s no shortage of people wanting to write a book. Some people even get to the stage where they have the idea and start writing. But unfortunately, less than 1% of people finish and go on to publish. When you’re only accountable to yourself, it’s easy to get side-tracked. A writing coach can you help you set realistic deadlines and give you the external motivation needed to meet them.

2. A Writing Coach Can Share Their Expertise

A writing coach is someone who has gone through the journey of writing and publishing their own books. They can help you flesh out your ideas, critique your work, and teach you new writing techniques all with the aim of helping you write the best book possible and increasing the chances of getting your book published.

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3. A Writing Coach Can Help You Develop Your Writing Style

By reviewing your work and understanding your approach to writing, a writing mentor can identify elements that could become the basis of your authorial voice. While developing a unique style takes time and plenty of practice, a writing mentor has the experience to help point you in the right direction.

4. A Writing Coach Can Help You Be More Productive

The idea of writing a book is idyllic and many people start off enthusiastic. However, they soon become disillusioned when the reality of writing eighty thousand words threatens to overwhelm them. A writing coach can help you break it down into more manageable chunks and guide you step-by-step, so you spend time actually writing rather than thinking about what to write.

5. A Writing Coach Can Advise on Publishing

Having most likely been through the process, a writing coach can help advise as to which type of publishing might suit you, whether that’s self-publishing or traditional publishing, and with more options available than ever, support you in the decision-making process.



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I'm Karen, a best-selling novelist who left her corporate life to pursue my dream of becoming a writer. Since then, I've written everything from travel articles to web copy before winning a novel writing competition which led to a 3-book deal. 


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