Why walk into the dark when you can have a flashlight? I have written a book. I have co-written a movie. I have a blog I do for the sheer joy of writing pieces that are not for grades or money, pieces that feel like prayers or screams or love notes. I know what it takes to get something finished, and more than anything, I want to help you finish a writing project you are proud of, too.
I have three ways to I can help you get out of your own way and write the story you need to tell. Scroll down to be inspired.
(A Write or Die session is $150 and hour-long coaching sessions are $125. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule. Hurry.)
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.
4. Having a time limit of 93 days. I had to finish because I had promised myself and my friends and my family that I would. That was the ticket to my success: I'd made a commitment, and I could see the finish line.
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.
We communicate a lot. We will be in daily contact either through email, text, or by phone. We will have fifteen minutes a day where we will either talk or I will read your work and offer comments, or a combination of both. The result? You will have done it. A completed manuscript—the one you feared was out of reach is now in your hot little hand.
Cost: $2,000 (fifteen minutes a day)
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.
We first do a 75-minute Write or Die session where we establish your voice, your audience, and your story, and then we examine and blow up any blocks that may be in your way.
This is followed by one-hour calls with me once a week for a month to get you solidly into your voice and project. I’ll ask you to text checkmarks to me whenever you work on your project so that you will feel accountable to someone on a daily basis. It’s easier to keep writing when you know someone will flip out if you don’t.
This is The Starter Package with a month of 10-minute check-in calls six times a week. When I wrote You Don’t Look Adopted I had someone with whom I checked in daily and it made all the difference in the world. I didn’t feel alone. I felt that someone cared. Many times I wrote more than I would have if someone hadn’t been waiting to hear about what I’d written that day. We all need a Sherpa when we strike out for the wilderness. I’ll be your Sherpa.
As a multi-published, best-selling author, Anne Heffron is my writing coach. She has been gifted with the unique ability to ignite creativity in her students, like I’ve never experienced before. My recommendation of her is the highest possible.
Sherrie Eldridge (SherrieEldridgeAdoption.blog)
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!!
Five words to summarize today's class for me: refreshing, invigorating, inspiring, enlightening, & encouraging.
Anne helped me access my inner truth, and truly made me feel able to overcome my personal blocks due to adoption that was preventing me from believing in my voice. She is a very caring and humble individual, and I am so blessed to have gotten to connect with her!
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!