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  • Derya Dinç

Coaching for Writers

Writing stories and creating books involves many different skills coming together. Making this process successful depends on how good you are at different things.



To write well, you need to imagine stories, be patient, do research, organize your ideas, understand what readers like, find time to write each day, get better over time, not give up, know grammar and writing rules, think and solve problems, and be brave enough to handle comments from others. If you're really good at all these things, you can create an amazing story that captivates readers.


However, not all writers have all these skills or know how to use them when writing. They might have great ideas but not enough patience to write them down. They might forget what readers like. They could rush and make mistakes with grammar while getting their ideas on paper. Sometimes they get too lost in their story, add too many details, or forget important parts readers need. They might share too much about the ending or use words that upset their readers.



Writers are like creators of their own worlds. They don't just makeup stories, they also decide what happens in those stories. They use their imagination to make cultures, languages, religions, and characters. Even though they know all these things really well, readers need help to understand this new world. Explaining what's in the writer's mind isn't easy. It has to be clear for readers but not too boring.


A writing coach helps writers at any stage of their writing. For example, a writer might have a story idea but not know how to start. Or they might get stuck in the middle of writing. They might not be sure if their writing is good or they might need help making their story better. Doubting themselves, editing too much without making progress, or losing motivation are common problems for writers. They might send their work to publishers and get rejected or they might not feel ready to share their work yet.


A writing coach works with the writer. They help the writer stay motivated and stick to a schedule. They give advice to fix problems in the story. They help the writer come up with new ideas. They stop the writer from getting stuck and encourage them to keep going.



The coach is one of the first people to read the work. They notice things that might confuse readers. They help fix these things. If something is missing in the story, like details or characters, they might recommend books or articles to help.


The coach cares about the work almost as much as the writer. If the writer wants to stop, the coach helps them keep going. The coach doesn't want to change the writer's ideas, but they want to make the ideas stronger and clearer. Everything the coach suggests fits with what the writer wants. The writer is still the creative one, but the coach helps the readers understand.


Since every writer is different, the coach makes a plan that works for each writer. Some writers like the coach's advice and get better. Others might lose motivation. The important thing is for the writer and coach to trust each other and work well together. But not every writer and coach will work together perfectly.


Finding the right coach might take time. Every writer should remember that the coach is there to help the writer and the work. The coach's advice is to make the writer's ideas better. The coach can only suggest things that fit with the writer's ideas. Writers should also remember to keep their work private until they trust the coach. Saving emails or messages can help if there are any problems later on.




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