One of the services we provided at The Write Service is Writing Coaching, where you get your own writer coach to guide you through the process of either writing the novel of your heart or revise your novel. Often, we’re asked what the difference between our manuscript services are and our writing coach services, so this post is to explain what a writer coach is, and why you might need one.
What is a writer coach?
A writer coach is someone with a deep knowledge of the writing and revising process that can help a writer on their journey to completing the novel. One misunderstanding is that writer coaches are just cheerleaders — I think perhaps because that’s what a lot of people associate life coaches with — but that’s not the case.
Yes, writer coaches will cheer you along the way and provide much-needed support, but the main goal of a writer coach is to help the writer grow, enhance their craft, and write a killer novel.
Why you might need one
The Write Services provides two different types of coaching:
Option 1: Manuscript Based
This coaching is focused on one manuscript. If you’re lost on how to get your manuscript from early draft to finished product, a writing coach can help you along the way with multiple critiques (as opposed to our manuscript critique services, which is a one-and-done method).
With this, you’ll receive three rounds of critique. Each is tailored to help a writer go from an early draft to a finished product.
Another reason you might want a coach is to keep you accountable. Have you been working on your manuscript for a year? Two years? Ten years? Do you want to get it done with already? Writer coaches are here to help. They’ll give you deadlines for each edit to motivate you to finally finish your novel so it can go out into the world.
Option 2: Month-by-month based
This is another option, where you sign up to get coached on a month-by-month basis. This is for writers who have always wanted professional feedback as they are writing, to make sure they’re headed in the right direction. You can submit either 2,000 words a week or 8,000 a month and have a coach along for the ride to help you complete the manuscript.
This is great for authors stuck in a rut. It gives you specific deadlines to meet, and feedback to help you whenever you hit the dreaded writer’s block wall.
The most obvious is a completed, query (or published, if you’re going indie) ready novel.
But really one of the biggest benefits to a writer coach is that you’ll have learned skills to help you write and revise any novel you write going forward. You’ll have enhanced your writing abilities, and feel more confident in your writing as you move forward.
Not all of our lovely editors provide the writing coach services, but Kim & Megan both do.