Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to have someone to coach you through your writing project? Whether it be a novel or a speech, a comic or a poem? Enter...the writing coach! 'What is a writing coach? Are they expensive?' Are they worth it? I hear you cry! Read on below to find out...
What is a writing coach?
First things first, what is a writing coach? Well, they do what they say on the tin. A coach is an expert writer who will mentor you in all areas of your own writing. A fresh pair of expert eyes on your work. They will set goals with you, if you don't have any already! They will read your work and provide feedback - some will edit, too, They can arrange timelines, assist with query letters, time management, inspiration and generally teach you about how to write for the genre or situation you want to write for. Some will specialise in novels, some specialise in speeches, others in technical writing and some will cover all of the above. Coaches are all different! So it's important to find one with a good background in whatever you are trying to write.
Are they expensive?
Coaches can charge by the hour, from £30 an hour to £300 an hour depending on the coach, the project, the length of time it will take and what exactly you need from them. Cheap doesn't always mean bad and expensive doesn't always mean best. It depends on what you need. Some coaches will charge for a set period of time, say £1,000 for 3 months. For example, you may get a couple of coaching sessions per month and feedback on a set limit of words per month. You may find local coaches are cheaper than nationally established companies. Really, it's all about finding one who matches your needs and really cares about your project.
Are they worth the money?
Coaches can be well worth the money if you are serious about your writing. They aren't going to write your project for you, so you need to make sure you are ready to work just as hard as them to get your project ready. If they set deadlines, then meet them. Be ready to take professional criticism as well as positive feedback. Make sure you have an open mind! This is someone who can listen to your ideas with a fresh prospective, or polish up that first chapter with fresh eyes. Or if not a novel, then induce new life into your speech or general writing style. Make sure you ask the right questions before agreeing to hand over your money. Are they an expert in your field? Are they happy to meet face to face or do they just offer phone and zoom calls? Do they care enough to give you what you need?
Where can I find a reputable coach?
You can find rated coaches on sites such as Fiverr or Upwork. Or if you look on your local writers groups you might even find recommendations from writers in your area. You could even check out LInkedIn and put a post out there. Good luck and remember to ask questions!
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