Coaching

Over the course of a career, a typical professional makes thousands of first, second, and ongoing impressions in writing. I’m talking about emails, websites, sales decks, and even tweets…  and yet, nobody’s born writing well! Writing is a skill, much like tennis or guitar. You need feedback and practice to get good at it.

I offer friendly and thoughtful 1:1 collaboration with a writing specialist. Here’s what you can expect to get:

Confidence in your writing

Most people I meet don’t feel confident in their writing. Writing feels like guesswork, and the “finished” product isn’t satisfying. The process is interrupted by anxiety, uncertainty, and even dread. One person felt so anxious about writing that she couldn’t compose a tweet without being overwhelmed by self-doubt.

In reality, those feelings don’t have to be part of your writing process. Being confident in your writing is not only possible—it’s easier than you think!

Below is an outline of what we might do together.

Two kinds of sessions

You can expect any given session to consist of either collaborative writing or idea distillation.

Collaborative writing

This is where most of the magic happens. We’re both using Google Docs or screen sharing to look at your draft together. As we go through it, I draw from the big writing toolkit I’ve assembled over the years, showing you which tools you might want to use and how you can use them. I give honest, useful, and positive feedback.

People say they find these sessions productive, inspirational, and uplifting.

Idea distillation

This is a focused kind of brainstorming that happens before you go to your keyboard. Many people find this a great way to start writing with confidence.

To help distill your ideas, I use the Socratic method (for real!). The goal is to get you to articulate your thoughts coherently, so you leave knowing precisely what you’re going to write down before our next meeting.

Personalized reading recommendations

One of the best ways to improve your writing is to see how great writers have done what you’re trying to do. To that end, I thoughtfully select excerpts, short essays, and even stories for you to learn from.

Don’t worryI’ll never inundate you with a giant stack of reading material. Instead, I’ll illustrate specific concepts and techniques with targeted recommendations.

Fun (yes, really)

People learn best when they’re having fun. So, I consider it my job to make sure our sessions provide stress relief, not more stress. 🙂

Sessions are $80/hour, with flexibility for regulars, retirees, students, and new parents. The first phone/Skype call is $0. Drop me a line at ellen(at)ellenrhymes.com!