How to Choose the Right Writing Coach

Spit-spot! Hiring a writing coach can be like inviting Mary Poppins into your writing life!

Jamie Morris Writing CoachAre you struggling to improve your writing skills? If so, you might consider hiring a writing coach to help.

Do you feel you’re not making the progress you want, no matter how much time you sink into your writing project?

Like Mary Poppins, a writing coach has a virtual magic carpet bag filled with solutions to your writing problems!

A good writing coach can help organize your writing process, galvanize your plot or story structure, and steer you in the direction of your writing goals and dreams. No matter which way the wind is blowing, I work with writers on all sorts of books and other writing projects.

Creating a blog? Writing your family history? Starting a novel? I can help! I can provide guidance as your

So, how do you go about finding the right coach? Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Consider your goals: Before you start searching for a writing coach, it’s important to think about what you want to achieve. Do you want to develop your voice? Learn how to create a dynamic plot? Aim your writing for a specific audience? Or do you have a different goal in mind, altogether? Whatever direction you want to take your writing, be sure to look for coaches who specialize in those areas.
  2. Check credentials: When you find potential coaches, be sure to check their credentials. Look for coaches who have a background in writing, such as a degree in English or journalism, and who have experience working with writers at your skill level.
  3. Has your coach written a book about writing? Do they provide testimonials from other clients? Have any of their clients been published? Questions like these will help you determine the level of the coach’s expertise.
  4. Ask for a sampler! Many writing coaches offer a trial session or consultation to see if they will be a good fit. For example, I provide both a free initial phone consultation and a low-commitment mini-writing coaching session. Offerings like these give you a chance to see if the coach’s approach works for you—before you sign up for a long-term coaching relationship.

Since (unfortunately) writing coaches rarely float down to your front door with a spoon full of sugar and a parrot-headed umbrella, doing your research remains the best way to discover a coach who is (almost) magical in their support of you. And when you find that person? Fantastic! Working with the right coach can take you a long way to achieving your writing goals. To learn more about the writing coach relationship, check out this article, What Is a Writing Coach.

Me? I’m an expert writing coach—who may or may not have a magic tape measure up my sleeve. I coach writers at all levels of experience, in all genres. Take a look at my rates page or book a free initial consultation to see how we might work together.

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