Every travel writer needs a little assistance from time to time, to help us stay on track. Most often we just need someone – another writer perhaps – to bounce ideas off of, to brainstorm with, or just to draw inspiration from. Informal writers’ groups, whether online or offline, can be a great solution.
Sometimes though, we need help that is more structured, more directed, more focused.
If you find yourself derailed to the extent that your travel writing career seems stalled, or you’re experiencing a serious case of writer’s block, it may be time to consider working with a Writing Coach.
A good Writing Coach is equal parts teacher, therapist, and drill sargeant.
A good Writing Coach will help you discover the root cause of any problems you may be having, such as a lack of inspiration or enthusiasm, an inability to stay focused or to follow through with writing assignments, or any fears or self-doubts about pitching story ideas, sending Query Letters, or promoting yourself and your writing.
A good Writing Coach will also teach you new methods for dealing with any problems, new ways to structure your writing process, and new techniques to improve the quality of your writing.
And lastly a good Writing Coach will work with you to develop goals, define and outline the steps necessary to achieve those goals, and should — if they are really a good coach — ask you to commit to taking those steps, and hold you accountable for your committment.
Finding a Writing Coach that is right for you is critical. Most Writing Coaches will offer 30 minute “complimentary” sessions. This is the best way to see if you and the coach are compatible.
Many Writing Coaches have flexible hours and work via the phone, email, or in person. You can work with a coach weekly or monthly, depending on your needs.
If writing feels like a struggle or you feel stuck hire a writing coach to help you find out why. The benefits are enormous and it could be the “extra” boost that your travel writing career needs to take you to the next level.
How could a writing coach help you with your travel writing? Share your thoughts.