I wear a writer’s hat every day at Blue Sun Studio. Different styles of writer hats as a matter of fact. A blogger hat for the different websites we own, a copywriter hat for different programs and projects we work on, and a fiction writer hat for the novel that Deb and I are writing. Oh, and a coaching hat for the clients I gently encourage as we work to improve their writing skills.
In fact, it can safely be said that many hours of my day is spent writing in one fashion or another.
I also wear an editor’s hat. So does Deb. Everything I write is double checked by her, everything she writes is looked over by me with my virtual red pen. We kindly give feedback, cross out mistakes, send back suggestions and toss out ideas for elaboration. On large projects, we have a team of people that edit our work and call us on our crap.
And we listen. Even when we don’t like it.
Sometimes we collaborate so much that though only one name may sit at the top of an article, both of us have had our keyboards tossing so much in the mix that even we can’t recall who wrote what and whose idea went where.
We both belong to a mastermind group where many of us take turns passing around our copy and offering up suggestions and ideas to improve our work. Sometimes it is little more than a few proofreading tips, other times it is more in depth, like copywriting tips and writing coaching. Everyone’s suggestions are welcomed and equally appreciated.
Here at Behind the Words, Deb and I enjoy sharing what we have learned about writing and the world of publishing. We are happy to offer writing coaching and help emerging authors and provide tips when asked. In fact, almost not a day goes by when someone doesn’t send over an article for a quick look over or a question on how it could be improved. We are happy to help.
But in the past year as we have begun to expand all of our coaching areas, the area of coaching authors and writers has been the one area that we have stepped the slowest into—and have been the quietest to promote, even though it is the one area we do all day long, every single day.
Why would that be? We have been asking ourselves that question a lot lately and we’ve come up with the answer.
Because writing is personal. It comes from a place so deep and heartfelt that it is hard to separate the person from the words. It’s difficult to teach writing skills, without coaching the writer about their own ego versus spirit, their own motivations and interpretations, their discipline as a writer and creativity in general.
The Writer can not be separated from the word. Not if the words are going to hold your spirit, your soul, and your story.
It doesn’t matter if you are writing fiction, articles, or copywriting. Your reader doesn’t care unless you do. And once you do—care about them, that is—then they will care about every word you have to say.
So, the bottom line is this. We didn’t want to create a coaching program that told you how to write by the book. Heck, there are are books already written about HOW to write. You can go buy one. You don’t need us for that.
Writing skills can be taught. English lessons can be given. Grammar rules can be drummed and drummed and drummed into your head.
Not from us. We’ll be the one teaching you how to break those rules. We’ll be the ones teaching you to craft your story from your spirit, from your heart and from that place of clarity and creativity that only you can provide. You don’t need to learn how to write like anyone else.
You need to discover the writer inside of you. Trust me, there is one. And we want to help you find it.
***Coming VERY soon. Creative Clarity Coaching For Writers. Contact us for more information.***