Here are a few questions people tend to ask me. All other questions are welcome at ellen@ellenrhymes.com.

What does a typical coaching session involve?

I have a dedicated page for that! It’s right here.

Writing seems like a talent people have from birth. Can you really teach an adult to be a better writer?

When I started offering coaching sessions (thanks to some wonderful word-of-mouth referrals), I was hesitant. I didn’t know if I could deliver results, and I told people as much. Fortunately, they chanced it with me.

Within a few months, to my amazement, my first clients became better writers! Their friends and colleagues saw the improvements, and the process of writing became easier and more enjoyable for them personally. That’s when it dawned on me that I had, in fact, spent hours upon hours teaching myself how to write better. Considering that, it made sense that I was able to transfer some helpful practices to others.

Do you have a PhD in English?

Nope! I have a bachelor’s in Economics from Fordham University.

Really? Why didn’t you major in English or something?

I didn’t think an English degree would make me a better writer. Instead, I figured a general set of business skills would be more useful. In retrospect, I believe my Econ background helps me think more clearly and communicate more effectively.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing almost every day since I was 7 years old. You can laugh, but it’s true. 🙂 If the proverbial 10,000 hours mean anything (the idea might be bogus), I hit 10,000 hours many years ago. Today, writing is never far from my mind, and I’m constantly working to improve. To that end, coaching is an amazing journey: Each of my ‘coachees’ has definitely taught me as much as I’ve taught them.