Believe it or not, writing is not a trip you want to take alone. I have three ways that I can help you to get out of your own way and write the story you need to tell. Scroll down to be inspired.
1. WRITE OR DIE
93 Days to a Manuscript
Three things helped me finally write a book:
1. Announcing to my friends and family I wasn't coming home until it was done.
2. Having daily contact with a supportive reader who provided feedback as to whether I was still in my voice. Having the authority to tell my own story was a new place for me, and much of the time that first month I felt lost. I needed constant reminding that what I was doing was important work and that I was coming from a grounded, real place.
3. Knowing who was writing, what the story was, and to and for whom I was writing.
In an effort to recreate this scenario for you, I'm offering a coaching plan where I will:
- Be there every day to check in on you
- Review your writing to help keep your voice strong
- Act as a voice of reason and support
- Ensure you know that your project matters
I will serve as a smart, intuitive cheerleader who won’t let you back away from your commitment. I am someone who believes in the story you need to tell.
How It Works
We communicate a lot. We will be in daily contact either through email, text, or by phone. I can offer up to thirty minutes a day to either talk with you, read your work and offer comments, or a combination of both. The result? You will have done it. A completed manuscript—the one you thought would never emerge.
You can do this on a month-to-month basis, paying $400 each month. You don't have to commit to any time length. Who knows? Maybe you just need a one-month jumpstart!
I am making this as affordable as I can so that you can have the same experience I did: the feeling of accomplishment, the feeling of I finally did it. I wrote a book! After that, anything seems possible.
As an investigative reporter for three decades, I told thousands of other people's stories.
Then I tried to tell my own.
Most editors or coaches or fellow writers will basically try to tell you what your own story is rather than be a partner in helping you figure it out. I had a therapist tell me all her clients know their answers. It's just the therapist's job to pull them out. Anne's not a therapist. She's better. She costs less! She takes more time. And she's a helluva lot more committed.
Anne has been my screenwriting partner since 2008. I took her Write or Die class and it cracked my open, I was able to see things about my writing and myself that were hidden. With her guidance, the words came out so effortlessly. I’ve been writing since I was 18, and no class or mentor has done more for me for than Anne did in just three hours. Write or Die is a must for any aspiring or professional writer!!
So much more than I expected! Anne has a wonderful ability of encouraging and somehow getting me to write and tell her stories that I hadn't realized I was holding onto so tightly. She is a gifted teacher and I feel like she has unlocked my heart and helped me to express my deepest feelings!
2. WRITING COACH
In Person, or Via Phone or Skype
My greatest strength is helping people uncover their authentic voice while finding the heart of their writing project. I have over twenty years experience of teaching writing to both children and adults, and I firmly believe that we are all writers—despite the psychic damage that might have been done by the red pen in school. As your writing coach, my goal is to make writing feel like talking for you. To make it a powerful tool, a pleasure.
Fee: $125 per hour
3. SMALL GROUP INTENSIVES
Get 5-10 people together and I will come to you!
To get a project done, it’s helpful to have instruction, community, and accountability. These intensives offer all three. You will work hard for three hours, writing and writing and reading out loud and writing some more, and you will get feedback to help you feel powerfully grounded in voice and purpose. You will have a group of people who are doing the same kind of work that you are, and this will bring you continued support and community after you walk out the door.
Fee: $150 per session