Beth Martin - Benefits of Working with a Writing Coach
Why You Need a Writing Coach
An editor is an absolute necessity if you want your book to be a success. At the very minimum, a good copy edit will not only identify spelling and grammar errors but also address flow, sentence structure, word choice, etc. Before selling a single copy, you want to produce your best work possible.
Like any skill, writing takes practice and training in order to improve. How do you train your writing? You enlist the help of a writing coach.
A writing coach won't rewrite your story or fix all the holes in your manuscript for you. Their role is to guide you through the revision process. They will help you find all the plot holes, identify inconsistencies, further develop characters, and find your voice. Also, they can answer your questions on writing and help navigate the publishing process.
Let's take an in-depth look at some of the benefits of working with a writing coach.
FOCUS YOUR WRITING
It's easy to be too close to your writing. You've been working on the same book for weeks, month, or even years. Although you could ask a friend of family member to read through your manuscript, unless they understand how a coherent novel is built, they may not have useful feedback. On the other hand, a writing coach will know the best way to structure your story and sharpen your plot. Although it may be tempting to rely on free help for feedback, you won't get a professional critique without employing a professional.
REACH YOUR GOALS
No man is an island (except perhaps for Paul Simon), and this applies to getting your book ready for publication. I've gotten lost in revisions and stuck on a scene that I couldn't quite make work. Your writing coach is there for you to discuss ideas and help you get your manuscript back on track. They're able to help keep you motivated and see your project gets completed.
If your goal has always been to finish that book, your coach will be there for you, cheering you on as you type through your last revision to "THE END."
HELP WITH PUBLISHING
Publishing is especially daunting for new writers. Should you self-publish or find a traditional publisher? Do you really need a literary agent? The publishing world can be hard to break into. It helps to have a mentor who's been through the process and can definitively tell you what works and what doesn't. It's easy to spend countless hours trying to find a cover designer or setting up an author website. Instead, let your coach help you with the nitty-gritty and you can get back to what's important, like writing your next book.
If you decide to follow the route of self-publishing, every detail for your book will be up to you. It's a daunting amount of work and a slew of decisions you never knew you'd have to make. What will your book's trim size be? Which company will print it? How do you even make an ebook? Why does Apple need your social security number? For at least a few or these questions, you'll want the advice of a professional who can help you make the best choice for your current project.
A writing coach doesn't have to be for a single book. If you find someone you work really well with, that person will be able to help you shape your entire writing career. I'm not promising that hiring a coach will make you as famous as J. K. Rowling, but it will help you become the best writer you can. Set yourself up for success and consider finding a writing coach who can help you achieve your dream of becoming a published author.
Beth Martin is a science fiction writer and author of The End of Refuge. When not reading or writing about dystopian worlds, she's busy chasing her two young children. Find out more about Beth on her website BethMartinBooks.com.