You write for fun and profit, or you’d like to. Can coaching help? Yes, it can. As you may know, I coach writers and love it. Not only because I help writers to successfully build their businesses, but also because it renews my enthusiasm for my own writing.
Getting coaching is fashionable. Business and sports people have coaches, because coaching helps you to put your efforts into the right areas to make the most of your potential.
Writers often ask me how coaching can help them, so let’s look at five ways.
1. Your Coach Can Help You Decide What to Write
Everywhere you look, there are opportunities.
Lindsay Buroker described her experiences in launching a new pen name, and making $3,043 in her first month.
Blogger Pat Flynn made $80,037 in September 2014. Yes, in one month.
Write ebooks? Blog? Which is the right pathway for you? A coach can help you to decide. Not by pushing you in any particular direction, but by asking you questions. Your answers will show you what’s right for you.
2. Your Coach Helps You to Set Exciting and Achievable Goals
Once you’ve decided what you want to write, your coach can help you to set achievable goals. We’ve all got a tendency to aim too low. Usually it’s because we’re not sure about what’s achievable for us. Yes, other writers can make a great income, but that’s impossible for us, because we don’t know enough. Or we don’t have the education. Or we’re too young, or too old. Or… Excuses are depressing.
A coach helps you to sort out the real challenges from excuses based on fear, and helps you to create plans to overcome your challenges.
3. Your Coach Acts as Your Cheer Squad
You’ve set goals. Now you need to make a plan which will help you to achieve your goals. I often tell my students that the plan doesn’t matter. What counts is that you have a plan, and put it into action. As you’re working with your plan, you’ll refine the plan. Certain steps may not be needed. Other steps may develop.
Your coach helps you to develop your plan, then gives you information which helps you to put your plan into action. However, writing alone is challenging. You’ve got questions, your coach gives you the answers.
Your coach also acts as your cheer squad. We all have times when we’re depressed by the gap (or chasm in some cases) between where we are, and where we want to go. A coach gives you ways to bridge the gap.
4. A Coach Gives You Another Point of View
We all lose perspective. One of my coaching students was struggling with an ebook. I suggested that rather than struggle, she chop the ebook (she’d written 40,000 words) into three. She had more than enough material, and within a week, she had her first ebook up and selling on Amazon.
She published the next two ebooks quickly, and then compiled all three into a bundle. Another perspective always helps.
One student was struggling with her clients. She’s a new writer, and was a little too deferential. Of course, it’s good to be humble. The problem is, that it can lead a certain kind of client to disrespect the work that you do. These kinds of clients convince a writer to accept less money than he should be making, and slow-pay, into the bargain. A coach can reveal what’s happening, and gives you an insights into ways you can deal with it.
5. A Coach Inspires and Motivates You and Shows You How
You can read a library of how-to information, but it’s hard to turn that information into knowing what to do, right now. Your coach gives you personal guidance; you receive what you need, according to your situation. You coach helps you to identify pitfalls, and avoid them, or develop a plan to overcome them.
So there you have it: five ways coaching can help you to write for fun, and for profit too.
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