I got me a writing coach! (Happy me: :D)
No, a writing coach does not write anything for you. It is not ghost writing or co-writing. Think of it as having a one-way-street writing buddy relationship with a professional writer.
I had my first session last week, and I have to say it was productive, informative, and indispensable.
At first, I thought I was copping out by getting a writing coach, that this truly meant I am a complete hack and just can’t make it on my own. But then I realized my entire educational career had pretty much nothing to do with writing. I spent over 20 years in school, producing a career in a science oriented field with very little writing required to succeed. Of course I need help! And the occasional online class wasn’t cutting it.
So with my new writing coach steering my efforts, I am working on two short stories, and a novel idea (that I’ve told no one about – yet). I feel like I’m getting somewhere, truly learning and growing and not just spinning my wheels and getting frustrated.
It is too early in the process to say whether the writing coach thing is good or bad, but I can say it is good now. That’s got to count for something. With that in mind, I’m forging ahead.
Until later, write focused.